I create flexible and adaptive “Biophilia” wall-sculpture/ installations out of acorn tops filled with paint and other material, mounted on brass rods. Appearing as bouncing dots of color, projected at different depths on the wall, these multi-dimensional “paintings” play with shape, color theory, microscopic and macroscopic perspectives—and transform with light and shadow.
Biophilia is a metaphor for interconnectedness. Each Biophilia (acorn top filled with material) represents an individual, beautiful and complete on its own. A group of Biophilia represents the synergy of a community as a whole.
Acorns, as seeds, are symbols of growth and unlimited potential. Just as one seed can grow into a massive oak that can plant a whole forest, the acorn teaches us about our own potential and what/ how/ who we share with the world. Through this metaphor, Biophilia provides a reminder of this relationship and our interconnectedness with our larger community and world.
“Biophilia” wall-sculptures are the result of my journey to take my paintings out of the confines of traditional square and rectangular canvases. I found paint filled acorn tops to be the perfect vehicle to transcend the omnipresent dot patterns in my paintings, indicative of space and time—and transform them into expansive, multi-dimensional murmurations of color and shadow—like coordinates on a three-dimensional grid.
The combination of the natural, familiar acorn tops filled with synthetic materials feels simultaneously familiar yet mysterious. I like using florescent and intense colors because it feels like I am reanimating the “dead” shells that nature has discarded, into new seductive organisms which appear to glow from within. Nature informs the palettes and biomorphic patterns of each installation— from the microscopic world of bioluminescent organisms on a beach to the macrocosm of star galaxies above.
212Gallery, Aspen, CO
"Winter" commission, private residence, Aspen, CO
An atmospheric palette of 900+ individual pieces wrapping around the fireplace. Photos by Dona Laurita
Walker Fine Art, Denver, CO
The "Biophilia" medium debuted at Walker Fine Art's "Mark Makers" group exhibition, May 11 - July 7, 2018
Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
on-going installations created for the gallery. Inquires to Wally Workman gallery.
"Outbreak" wall installation for the NEST Studio for the Arts Embryonic Exhibition Sept. 21 - Dec. 21, 2018
"Outbreak" is an artistic representation of the plight of oak trees when scale-insect infestation occurs, notably Kermes scales which affect regional oaks. This installation is composed of acorns harvested from all over the U.S. where it seems oak trees, and trees in general, are more prone to disease and outbreaks than ever before.
"The work in the exhibition can be viewed empirically, contemplatively, immanently, or with a sense of urgency for a world beset with endocrine disruptors, rising sea levels and rampant resource competition. Above all, the work here is germinal, full of potential, testing our thresholds for declaring fertile conclusions, intermediaries, and of course: inventive beginnings."
Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY & Kent, CT
"Cool & Collected 19" Group Exhibition (Larchmont) 18 July - 7 September 2019