Octavia Art Gallery opening reception: Meditations on Nature: Selected Works by Sherry Owens and Suzi Davidoff
Sherry Owens and Suzi Davidoff use natural elements as their media to explore environmental concerns and celebrate an emotional connection to the flora of Texas.
Owens meticulously builds her unique sculptures using crepe-myrtle twigs, creating densely chaotic nest-like forms that read like open drawings in space. Her dynamic works represent the beauty and fragility of the natural world, while on a deeper level explore intrinsic connections between spirituality and ecology. The tangled branches in Owens' new work Keep Me Warm One Night mimic the lair of a wild animal suspended in air. The piece focuses on the crises surrounding biodiversity, loss of habitat and the destruction of nature's inherent rhythm.
Davidoff creates drawings, paintings, prints and installations that consider intricate patterns in nature and the overlaying systems used to observe, map and define organic landscapes. The plants she collects on long hikes inspire her work, and she often uses found materials like clay, cochineal and lichen as media, rubbing them into the surface of the paper and panels to create beautifully subtle effects. Her works play out like diaries of her meditative walks, recording her encounters with nature, while representing her spiritual connection to the land. Her new series, entitled Madera Canyon Cycle, was inspired by the growth, resilience and diversity of the ecosystem in the mountainous area of West Texas after devastating wildfires.
On view through April 8.