Roses are Red

“Roses Are Red: Art Inspired by Botanical Influences on Human Culture” was an exhibit co-created by Ink Dwell and explored how plants have shaped our world, and how we have shaped theirs. The value and impact of botanicals extend far beyond just their visual beauty and each work represents how plants impact a different human sense.


A ten-foot section of hand painted wallpaper by Jane Kim depicted the evolution of roses from wild to domestic, with 15 intricately painted flowers. The piece illustrated how humans have manipulated plants—and our own spaces, with plant-inspired surface design.

Through a closed loop vein structure of leaves, co-curator Anjel Van Slyke, depicts a model ideal for energy efficiency through a delicately hand cut paper installation.


We don’t think of plants as musical organisms, but in this installation, Dr. Kim Ritman recorded the sound a banana plant makes as water flows through its veins–much like the noise of a beating heart. Musician Bradley Skaught, shared a work composed with various acoustic emissions of plants.


Landscape designer Christine Pyers highlighted the sense of touch with her plant-scape pods in a storefront garden that provides a place to interact, manipulate, and touch plants.


A scent chandelier was modeled around the basic structure of a scent molecule.