In May of 2022 nine of my plant paintings were exhibited at Flour Market Bakery, which is mere blocks from where the subjects grow. Flour Market is a new bakery in my NE Portland neighborhood.
The exhibition was part of the Taking. Up. Space. Initiative facilitated by the Thrive Together artist network. Taking Up Space is a Grassroots Female Focused Community Global Art Exhibition empowering artists to take up more space and exhibit their art in the month of May. There were over 60 exhibitions taking place worldwide this year, and Micro Flora was one of them. See more from this initiative by viewing the #takingupspace2022 hashtag on Instagram.
Here’s a short video I created for the show. Click the button to connect to the universe through a flower!
An excerpt from the Micro Flora artist statement:
Flora is a list of the plant life of a particular area, period or habitat. These acrylic paintings represent part of the flora of my NE Portland, Oregon native, edible, organic garden.
When you zoom in, you get to view the minutia that is rarely seen. Enjoy the sublime beauty of magnified flowers and their intricate botany, delicate reproductive parts, richness of color and ingenious design. Connect to place through the depths of nature found in that place. Zoom out and you can connect to the universe from the Alberta neighborhood garden where the plants are growing: in Portland, Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest of the North American continent on planet Earth in the Solar System of the Milky Way Galaxy!
These pieces were painted from live plants with the aid of macro photos I took so I could examine them closely. I also study their botany, edible and medicinal uses, history and beauty, and try to connect to them using all of my senses. Using acrylic paint on locally made wood panels, I painted them while working next to the studio window that overlooks our organic garden where they grow.
Thanks to everyone who came to see the Micro Flora show! I am grateful for your support!
Thank you also to Lisa of Flour Market for letting me exhibit in her beautiful space and for all of the delicious food, Kim Dawson of Revolution Biz & Life Design for help hanging the show, Kitchen Table Magazine for some of the beverages, the Concordia News for the excellent article, and to a kind neighbor in my neighborhood Buy Nothing Group for loaning me glasses for the event.
Enjoy the details!