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Datura, Jimson-weed print

(Datura, Jimson-weed print)

Henry Mockel
Before 1981

Henry Mockel is best known for his serigraph botanical prints. In a process similar to silk-screening, serigraphy prints use stencils applied to a screen. Each color is added separately, with some pieces requiring 45 separate printings.

A member of the nightshade family, datura (Datura meteloides) or jimsonweed is commonly found along roadsides. This bush-like plant has large leaves and trumpet-shaped flowers. It dies back after its growing season but develops a tuberous root which will resprout the following year. It is highly toxic.

Serigraph print
Joshua Tree National Park, JOTR 8767