From Vegetable to Animal
Client—University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Plannning
Date—2004
Production—Bessenberg Bindery
8.5 by 11 inches, 240 pages, case bound

From Vegetable to Animal explores a technique of temporal and spatial transition. Referred to as a "From A to B" problem, one subject is mapped onto another by recognizing the synthetic capacity of the book format. Sources of the material include catalogs of vegetal form made by Karl Blossfeldt along with 19th century natural science illustrations of the animal world. By slowly evolving scale, layering, density, detail a transition is made between two states of biological expression. In the process, subtle linkages between habitats of vegetable and animal life may be suggested.

The capacity of the book to organize the release of information over time is a fundamental attribute that can be modulated to produce effects and relationships.

Part of the Muschenheim/Oberdicl/Sanders fellowship exhibition at University of Michigan.