Deep in the marshes of South Carolina's lowcountry, Becky Davis pursues indigenous plants and flowers for her extraordinary framed botanicals. Where Lotus, Purple pickerelweed, and Fragrant water lily abound, Davis happily contends with deerflies, wasps and ticks, fearlessly wading among alligators and snakes. "People can't believe that I'm actually in the water, using my canoe as a big basket. But, truly, you have to be in the water to find the best things."
She also explores less perilous terra firma, taking care to avoid endangered species. With permission from farmers who, like her, live deep in the wilderness of the Santee Cooper lake system, she picks wild grasses around fields and Black-eyed Susans, Rabbit tobacco, and Joe-pye weed. Oak flats provide Jack-in-the-pulpits, ferns and violets or, if she's lucky, an abandoned home's garden might teem with roses planted long ago. The varieties seem endless and their names positively poetic: wild Carolina phlox, Goat's rue, and Blue-eyed grass.
"Simply put, my work in creating a botanical involves gathering the material, pressing and drying it, then affixing it to paper. But the proces is so much more than that. It has to do with a sense of place, a love of family and community, and a passon for plants."
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