From Monet’s “Water Lilies” to Andy Warhol’s “Flowers,” plants have been a perennial subject of interest for artists. “Strange Plants”, the first title from the new L.A.-based art book publisher Zioxla, is a celebration of this ongoing relationship. A mix of in-depth interviews with photography, paintings and sculpture from established and emerging artists, the tome (available online) explores the roles that plants play both in the creative process and in artists’ personal lives.

In an unusual commission, the editor, Zio Baritaux, asked several tattoo artists to create flash designs inspired by plants, specifically for the book. “I viewed curating the book in the same way someone looks at planting a garden,” she says. “You don’t plant a garden with one type of flower — you plant a variety of species that bloom at different times but work within the environment that you live.”

Designed by Barcelona-based Folch Studio, the prolific art directors behind indie publications like “Metal,” “Apartamento” and “Tiger” magazines, the interactive book cover comes as a blank slate with three inset picture frames. Floating inside the book are sticker versions of artworks by Lee Kwang-Ho, Helene Schmitz and Paul Wackers; the owner can insert the stickers into the frames, a bit like drying flowers between the pages of books.

By Linyee Yuan, New York Times

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