L to R: Consider the Lily, Bark with Dogs, NJ Tomato

By blending elements of 18th and 19th-century botanical illustrations with the imaginative randomness of Dada and Surrealist collage methods, MF Cardamone creates playful interpretations of the intersection of nature, taxonomy, and popular culture. Cardamone collects plant specimens and combines them with images and words, resulting in complex visual narratives that reveal the science, history, and beauty of her subjects.   -Julie Sasse, Chief Curator of Contemporary Art, Tucson Museum of Art ; 2012