The binomial naming system is a formal, internationally agreed upon set of rules for naming species of organisms, i.e., plants and animals, both 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. Ever since I was a kid, I have picked up nuts, twigs, leaves - you name it - and arranged them on the ground or in my bedroom. As an adult, I became interested in the scientific and common names of plants, as well as the etymology of those names. Binomen art represents a blending of childhood and adulthood interests. These temporary designs are my way of honoring a plant, its uses, and its place in the world. The first binomen art design was in 2011 in the Galápagos Islands, where I was so taken with mangrove trees.
I find inspiration for binomen art designs everywhere because plants are everywhere. Some of the designs are created at home, in the kitchen or backyard, while others are created in-situ, where the plant is growing.