I am a painter and sculptor examining links between human behavior and the natural world. My work focuses on environmental compassion through poetic connections of place, alchemy, anthropology, and memory. My siverprints and botanical installations evolved during residencies at École du Breuil d’Horticulture and at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, where I studied Parisian gardeners’ organization of plants. At the residencies I photographed and drew enlarged microscopic details of specimens amassed by naturalists during colonial exploration.
In this series of light imprints I painted a migration of pigment onto the photograms referencing the place and color surrounding the lifeforms previous habitat. With this work I suggest to the viewer to consider the fragility of nature, recognizing its beauty, interconnectedness and importance in taking steps to preserve it.
For more information or to commission a unique work of art through Not Just Another Pretty Face, contact Maria Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.324.5520 x1014.