Prairie Passage consists of drawings and an installation referencing the native and cultivated plants that have grown on the prairie, providing food for the area’s inhabitants throughout history.
The installation consists of large scale drawings on material normally used to cover farm crops, from my on-going "Harvesting Ethnic Roots" series. For my solo exhibition at the Geneva Center for the Arts, I'm contemplating the Geneva site in relation to its history as prairie and the residents' reliance on harvesting the native and cultivated plants. A passageway is created with the large drawings, following a crack in the floor running parallel to the nearby Fox River and former Potawatomi trail, alluding to time and food sources.
The smaller drawings depict moments of peak harvest for the area vegetation. Like the installation drawings, the images appear to fade into the negative space, reflecting impermanence.
Geneva Center for the Arts
321 Stevens Street, Suite Q, Geneva, Illinois
On View: January 3 - February 9, 2023
Reception: Friday, January 20, 2023
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 2PM
Curated by Rita Grendze
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