Graphic Art

T. xerographica as pop-art

Wikipedia defines "graphic art" as a type of fine art that

is typically two-dimensional and includes photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, lithography, typography, serigraphy (silk-screen printing), and bindery. 

 T. xerographica as vintage

My profession is far from the field of graphic art with the only art I ever utilize being the art of argument.  

T. xerographica in fluorescent green

The only subjects I photograph are my family and plants. I hardly ever draw or paint.  Never have I printed a design of my own making.  Not that I even bother to design anything.

T. xerographica featured beside sculpture

I don't need to know fonts or printing styles to make my pleadings and contracts visually appealing.

T. xerographica on fire

Serigraphy and bindery are things I feel are best left to professionals.  As for lithography, well, I had to look it up in the dictionary because I had no idea what it was.

T. xerographica kaleidoscope

Despite of my obvious lack of artistic ability, I was inspired by my Tillandsia xerographica to take a stab at graphic art with the help of my wife and daughter. Xerographica meaning "dry painting" because its inflorescence appears colored by pastel chalk.

In reality, my T. xerographica looks like this:

T. xerographica

It is the King of the air plants because it is distinguished by its size, gray coloration and form.  

It  is also known as Tillandsia kruseana (Matuda), Tillandsia tomasellii (DeLuca, Sabato and Balduzzi) and Tillandsia maritima.  Its common names are Gallito and Clavel del Aire in its native habitat.

It originates from Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras.

The plant is epiphytic (grows on another plant or object in a non-parasitic manner) and acaulescent (having no stem or appearing to have none).  It can range from 20 to 100 cm in height, inclusive of bloom.

Its leaves are arranged in a spiral rosette form.  The blades are long, wide at the base then tapering and undulated at the end.  

Because of its beauty, it has been traditionally used as Christmas decor and was thus exploited for commercial export purposes.  It has since been listed under CITES Appendix II.  Since 2004 official procedures have been implemented for the sustainable management of the T. xerographica. 

Without a doubt, T. xerographica is indeed nature's work of art.

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