Chicago Botanic Garden
Research, Art installation, Graphic design, Illustration, Typeface design
2024
In collaboration with Essentials Creative
Rhizomatic is a collaborative art installation between Essentials Creative collective and the scientists and staff at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The project is part of the Lost and Found exhibition taking place throughout the Garden featuring five artworks by different artists. Rhizomatic is inspired by the rhizome as a philosophical concept developed by theorists Deleuze and Guattari. The installation weaves together cultural and scientific stories about diversity and collaboration. Featured plants in the artwork include ginkgo biloba, pawpaw, horsetail, white sage, eastern prairie fringed orchid, kernza, and amaranth. We aim to contribute to multicultural perspectives on plants, share the Garden’s scientific research, and explore rhizomes as a metaphor for interconnectedness.
Video by Chicago Botanic Garden
Photo by Fabian Villa
Video by Steven Casanova
The artwork is presented in its entirety at the Fruit and Vegetable Garden's Stone Orchard. A selection of ten tapestries were also installed at the Garden's Farm on Ogden location.
Installation at Farm on Ogden, Photo by Steven Casanova
Essentials Creative 
Misa Yamamoto: Graphic Designer
Fabian Leon Villa: Visual Artist
Steven Casanova: Lighting Designer & Videographer

Chicago Botanic Garden
Gabriel Hutchison: Exhibitions and Programs Production Manager
Elory Rozner: Director of Interpretation
Kristie Webber: Director, Interpretive Programs
Wendy Griffiths: Interpretations Designer 
Pat Herendeen: Senior Director, Plant Biology
Suzy Strickler: Associate Conservation Genomics Scientist
Louise Egerton: Conservation Scientist, Soil and Mycorrhizal Ecology
Lisa Hilgenberg: Horticulturist 
David S. Sollenberger: Seed Bank Manager
Jeremie Fant: Conservation Scientist


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