Palimpsests of Unseen Pasts

Using images of pressed Persian iris specimens held at Western herbariums, I digitally intervened to remove all the superimposed information, leaving only the anatomical contours of the plant. I created anthotypes of the modified images, with a natural dye made from saffron. By embroidering color swatches into each sheet, I also reintroduced the original polychromatic palette of the different species. On top of the yellow prints, I replaced scientific projections with archival findings, adding a translucent fabric layer that carries evidence of Western interventions in each province where these species originated.