Anatomia Botanica invites the viewer to experience three species of flowering plants, that shaped the artist’s understanding of her natural environment: the Sacred Lotus, the Red Hibiscus, and the Southern Magnolia. There is both a standard and a deluxe version.
The book has been printed from hand-set metal Bembo type, reduction linoleum cuts, photopolymer plates and pochoir. Paper for the ten copies of the deluxe edition has been made by the artist from hemp and cotton fibers at the Oakdale Paper Facility at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. The deluxe binding has been developed specially for the edition and is housed in a clamshell box, along with a set of three movable prints.
The fifteen copies of the standard edition have been printed on Hahnemühle Biblio and bound in a drum leaf structure. The production of this book was supported in part by a grant from the College Book Arts Association and the Caxton Club.
The illustrative style for the images in this book is inspired by sixteenth- to eighteenth-century botanicals, and Mughal architectural motifs. The movable aspect and mechanism references sixteenth-century anatomical flap books and function in a similar fashion, revealing the inner anatomy of each plant species talked about in the book. Anatomia Botanica won the Maryland Institute College of Art purchase prize at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair in 2014.
Radha Pandey holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. Her graduate thesis work included a stop-motion animation using watermarks, a hand-printed book of botanical anatomies and dimensional cast paper sculptures. Her artist bookwork has been exhibited in the United States and abroad.