The binomial naming system is a formal, internationally agreed upon set of rules for naming species of plants and animals, both extant (living) and extinct. The organism name is comprised of two parts: a generic name representing a genus and specific name that uniquely represents species. The binomial name is an essential part of Linnaean taxonomy, a rank-based classification system that groups organisms based on shared characteristics. There are taxonomic alternatives, however, Linnaean taxonomy remains extremely useful and has widespread acceptance.
I've always been fascinated with plants, their scientific and common names, and the etymology of the those names. At the same time, ever since I was a kid, I would pick up rocks, twigs, leaves - you name it - and arrange them on the ground or on my desk, for example. Binomen art pieces represent a continuation of that habit. They are my way of honoring the plant, it's uses, and it's place in the world. The first binomen art piece was born in 2011 on a trip to the Galápagos Islands, where I was so taken with the mangroves.
I find inspiration for binomen art pieces everywhere because plants are everywhere! Some of the binomen pieces are staged at home, in the house or yard, while others are in-situ where the plant is growing.