Pensacola Museum of Art

Pensacola, FL



Flora and Fauna

September 29 - November 11, 2000


The Pensacola Museum of Art is proud to present an exhibition inspired by the use of forms from nature in the embellishment of architectural motifs. As diverse as the Egyptian use of the papyrus to the Indian lotus, the exhibition seeks a connection between the controlled usage of forms in works of art and the impulsive aspects of nature. (left: Marilyn Lysohir, Tattoed Ladies, 1996, 24 inches high, fired clay, glaze)

Seven artists - Adrian Arleo, Neil Forrest, Ovidio Giberga, Marilyn Lysohir, Keisuke Mizuno, Adelaide Paul and Chris Weaver - were invited by curator Cary Esser to present works in a exhibit "exploring a vast array of natural motifs."

"The idea for this exhibition began several years ago, inspired by my curiosity regarding plant and animal imagery in historical architectural ornament," Esser explained. "Images and abstractions from nature have been used for centuries to create shapes and embellish the surfaces of artistic forms . . . as well, they provided a connection, a mediation, between the domestic shelter of the built environment, the culture, the society and the enigmatic, unpredictable aspects of nature." (left: Adelaide Paul, Consume/Consumer/Consummate, 1999, 3 1/2 x 11 x 4 inches, white stoneware, copper, clear and red tool dip)

All sculptural pieces utilizing clay, stoneware, porcelain, mixed media and glazes, the work in the exhibition features the creative reworking of natural forms by these seven artists defining relationships between the contemporary world and the natural environment.

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