Incubated in the 1990s and ongoing, AKIMBO EXOTICA is a body of painted collages comprised of Janet Taylor Pickett's cutout-dress forms on botanical illuminated manuscripts. The transient flora and fauna are solemn and meditative, buoyant and animated, and vessels of meaning and captured memories. AKIMBO EXOTICA is a portal to the past that declares its story while retaining a patina of mysticism and abstraction—the ownership of Black beauty.