artist statement
foreshadowing - endangered & threatened plant species

My projects are created with a conceptual approach and are motivated by a story, message, or educational element, often focusing on subjects that are overlooked, discarded, forgotten or underappreciated.

After being chosen as one of four Michigan artists to participate in Art from the Lakes, an art and exhibition exchange between Michigan and Shiga, Japan, I began the series Foreshadowing - Endangered and Threatened Plant Species.

For this project, I have photographed the shadows of endangered and threatened plant species in Michigan and transferred the images onto paper made from invasive plant species. The shadows speak to the ephemeral nature of endangered plant species and their struggle to survive. They are transferred onto the paper using an alcohol gel process which results in the images appearing somewhat transparent and, because of the paper, irregular - symbolizing the complex relationship between invasive and native plant species.

The shadow images were taken at Welsch Nature Preserve, the W. J. Beal Botanical Gardens, the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and various Michigan nature preserves. The invasive plant species were responsibly harvested from nature reserves and roadsides.

~ Jane Kramer

To schedule a presentation about the project, contact me at or for more information, please visit my blog.

Foreshadowing was made possible in part by a donation from Michigan Nature Association. A portion of each print sale is donated to the organization.