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Natasong Yuan

1st Place

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, 2021

Previously, I settled on using any credible and relevant artworks I could find online, which was quite limited. After the discovery of the UC Davis Library’s online search engine, I was led to archives of hundreds of paintings and drawings since the 18th century that were all public domain.

Natasong Yuan

Of Botanical Art: The American Society of Botanical Artists as a Discourse Community

Paper for UWP 001: Introduction to Academic Literacies

Read Natasong’s Paper (pdf)

Project Description

Yuan delves into the history and aesthetics of botanical art and illustration and provides an analysis of the American Society of Botanical Arts, an under-researched discourse community. With the support of her professor, Jason Hockaday, and her passion for the subject, Yuan creatively integrated archival botanical art paintings with analysis of their importance from antiquity to the present era.

In Their Own Words

Read Natasong’s reflective essay from their Lang Prize application.