Tending toward the Untamed: Artists Respond to the ...
Tending toward the Untamed: Artists Respond to the Wild Garden
Glyndor Gallery | April 3—August 19, 2012
Seral, the title of Rebecca Morales’spainting refers to the intrinsic quality of Wave Hill’s Wild Garden, a place where different communities of flora and fauna inhabit a site to create an environment that endures through processes of ecological succession. She meticulously draws and paints mosses, lichens and other plants found in and around the Wild Garden, and discarded, manufactured fabrics with patterns that interpret nature. By combining disparate natural and manufactured imagery into an interwoven composition, Morales replicates in her method of working the underlying configuration of the garden. Morales’s background in scientific rendering, as a field biology illustrator, and in paper conservation influenced the meticulous drawing and painting techniques she developed for this work, including her sculptural use of calf skin. The result is infinitely sumptuous and alluring, with a hint of unease. Morales has made a hyper-resolution, stop-action film that reveals the evolution of the painting, which itself can be seen as a metaphor for growth.
Rebecca Morales has exhibited widely, with solo exhibitions at BravinLee programs, New York, NY, and Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been included in group exhibitions such as Botanica, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; Eden’s Edge: Fifteen LA Artists, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; and Rebecca Morales - Mary Kay,Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO. Her work has been collected by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI; the Anderson Collection, San Francisco, CA; and Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA. She received a BFA from Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA.
Seral, 2011-2012 (details)
Gouache, watercolor, ink and pastel on vellum
Courtesy BravinLee programs, New York, NY
The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.