Sculptor Agelio Batle creates some of the plant kingdom’s most exquisite architecture in this series of graphite objects. His reverence for botanical forms grew from formal studies in biology, but it was countless hours spent in the wilderness that endowed the artist with an intimate understanding of nature’s geometry.
Each Graphite Botanical was made in Batle’s studio, using a unique casting and carving process he developed. Carbonaceous graphite (mineral remains of prehistoric plant life) was combined with a smudge-resistant binder under heat and pressure. This primordial sludge is then cooled and solidified into the delicate forms you see before you.
Batle sees these objects as functional sculpture, as they can be used as drawing and writing tools.