Carmen Almon uses copper sheeting, brass tubing, steel wire and enamel paint to create botanical art. Almon captures the fragility of a moment in time, creating not botanical replicas of nature but rather her personal interpretation of her memory of a particular plant, flower, branch or bud. One is reminded of the beautiful illustrated botanical books of the 17th and 18th century – Linneaeus, Ehret, Redouté – which Carmen often refers to for inspiration. Because each piece takes so long to complete, few are realized each year, which makes them rare treasures.
Carmen, who grew up in Washington, DC and Barcelona resides in France with her husband Thierry Job, also a sculptor.