A series of paintings with the forest as muse and studio. A piece was included in a 10th Anniversary Show and Live Auction at The Front.
These paintings are a part of a touchscreen and paper odyssey that Lara created through the mode of Instagram. The digital and physical remix took the form of a grid that she created in these media. This scrolling art is a meditation on the landscapes of the 21st Century. Her surfaces are studies of and in these unfolding landscapes, topographies etched over time.
I spent the year creating art on the edge of an abandoned cherry orchard. The landscape inspired paintings and mixed media work in a variety of sizes, including the series, Orchard. The painting above was chosen to be part of the exhibition Spark. Theshow was sponsored by the Northport Art Association and Freenjoy, the producer who received a 2017 Grammy award for Beyoncé's Formation video.
A series of paintings, drawings, videos, & digital photographs, as well as one paper and touchscreen handscroll; a multimedia exhibition. I translated this unfolding vision through the Orchard, a complex space that has a long tradition in artistic, political, agricultural, and mythological landscapes. Now a place of rebirth and revision.
The unfurling tree in bloom offering the poetry and gift of fruit.
The handscroll, Orchard, was created in an old abandoned industrial cherry orchard in 2016. I was able to create art in it for a year before it was unexpectedly cut down. This is an anthropocenic topography etched with the remains of industrial farming, climate change, and inequality from labor, as well as potential for new modes of ecological engagement. It is an intersectional site where issues of equality, environmental justice, women's rights, technology, nature, and culture converge. The piece was created during the time of political upheaval in 2016, echoing a state of unrest in the cultural landscape. The handscroll materials include cherry juice and branch, copper electrical wire, grasses, carmine ink, oil paint, watercolor, block print ink, and graphite on 144" x 30" cold press paper. The touchscreen and paper Instagram version is 33 squares of digital photography, pieced together in time as it was created.
Improvisational Activation Art.
The Endless Orchard: In 2018, I helped plant an alternative orchard as part of a community social justice project by artists Fallen Fruit, and based the final painting of the series on this living art installation.