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THEME: NATURE, SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT

Art inspired by nature and natural forms; art that critiques science and the scientific perspective; art that calls attention to environmental issues; art that comes out of artists’ and scientists’ collaborations; art that plays with the graphics of science. 

William Chyr is an artist with a background in physics. He “creates platforms and systems that replicate processes found in nature." Much of his work involves the inflation of thousands of balloons to create large and complex sculptures. These sculptures are based on a variety of biological systems, from the biology of jellyfish to the interactions between neurons (williamchyr.com).

Amy Francschini is a founding member of Futurefarmers - a collective of artists, activists, architects and researchers who “use various media to deconstruct systems to visualize and understand their intrinsic logics; food systems, public transportation, education. Through this disassembly they find new narratives and reconfigurations that form alternatives to the principles that once dominated these systems. They have created temporary schools, books, bus tours, and large-scale exhibitions internationally." (futurefarmers.com)

To the time-honored and universal tradition of hybrid animals, Thomas Grunefeld brings his one twist: real, stuffed animals with mixed body parts. In this work, Grunefeld harks back to the European tradition of taxidermy in Natural History Museums while alluding to contemporary issues such as genetic engineering. Hybrid animals are mythical animals with special powers. Grunefeld’s Misfits, on the other hand, seem to be powerless and grotesque oddities.

A biologist and an artist, Isabella Kirkland illustrates natural phenomena with the precision of 18th-century European-style hyper-realism to comment on current environmental issues and phenomena. "Nudibranchia" and "Egg Cases," pictured here, highlight the beauty and variety of a particular class of animal: Nudibranches. Nudibranches are sea slugs. There are over 3000+ species of them living in the ocean. "Egg Masses" are Nudibranch eggs. Notice the natural-history style composition of these paintings  (isabellakirkland.com).

Kate MacDowell makes delicate porcelain sculptures that combine plant and animal forms with human forms. These often surreal images allude to the human connection to nature and how we, human and all living things, are fragile, particularly in this age of climate change and other environmental stressors (katemacdowell.com).