"She was influenced by what's called the Vienna Dioscurides. What that was, was the oldest illustrated book of edible and medicinal plants in existance," says Behrens. "She felt like she needed to translate the drawings in the books into something new. And she drew using her sewing machine and thread and organza, these images of the plants."
Works by Karen Gustafson are currently on display in the Sioux City Art Center Selects exhibition which is on view through June 23rd.
Produced by Jorge Quezada