A Cabinet of Curiosities in Maulbronn
01.05. until 15.07.2023

artist in residence asuka hishiki

Asuka Hishiki’s work spans from drawings of rare endangered plants to more familiar vegetables found in the home, vividly painted in astonishing detail. For the past decade, her work has addressed environmental issues and the survival of the natural world, including large-scale installations using recycled paper on the migratory patterns of monarch butterflies. Hishiki has also participated in residencies at renowned botanical gardens around the world as part of a decades-long initiative to produce vast visual records (florilegia) of contemporary botanical documentation.
Her book “Botaniphoria: A Cabinet of Botanical Curiosities” will be published by Two Rivers Press in late spring 2023.

Artist in residence asuka hishiki painting

Asuka Hishiki calls her project in her Artist in Residence programme
A Cabinet of Curiosities in Maulbronn

“What is Cabinet of Curiosities?
Cabinets of curiosities (also known in German loanwords as Kunstkabinett, Kunstkammer or Wunderkammer; also Cabinets of Wonder, and wonder-rooms) were collections of notable objects. The term cabinet originally described a room rather than a piece of furniture. Modern terminology would categorize the objects included as belonging to natural history (sometimes faked), geology, ethnography, archaeology, religious or historical relics, works of art (including cabinet paintings), and antiquities. (Wikipedia)
The aim of the project is to create a site-specific cabinet of curiosities in the beautiful and historic town of Maulbronn. Like explorers in the Age of Discovery, I “explore” through out the city to look for my subjects. Often my subjects are overlooked and mundane bits of nature. However, portraying them in a painstakingly precise manner, the beauty in an object will be found as rare exotic new species were found by an explorer in the era.“
Asuka Hishiki

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