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Holly Sumner
updated: 12/21/2008
website: www.hollysumner.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
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POMIP#23/megarrhiza
POMIP#12/ gourd
POMIP#4/cyclamen
POMIP#5/naja
POMIP#6/skunk cabbage
POMIP#93/ coconut
POMIP#7/castor
POMIP#29/bean flower
POMIP#3/maize
POMIP#40/acanthus
POMIP#8/ wheat
POMIP#9/ verbena
POMIP#10/fava
POMIP#70/maize
POMIP#98/maize
 
Portfolio Keywords:  science, nature, mapping, organic, biomorphic, systems, diagrammatic, surreal, books
 
 
POMIP#23/megarrhiza by Holly Sumner
POMIP#23/megarrhiza
ink on paper
2008
45" x  34" 
POMIP#12/ gourd by Holly Sumner
POMIP#12/ gourd
ink on paper
2008
45" x  34" 
POMIP#4/cyclamen by Holly Sumner
POMIP#4/cyclamen
ink on paper
2008
12" x  9" 
POMIP#5/naja by Holly Sumner
POMIP#5/naja
ink on paper
2008
20" x  28" 
POMIP#6/skunk cabbage by Holly Sumner
POMIP#6/skunk cabbage
ink on paper
2008
45" x  34" 
POMIP#93/ coconut by Holly Sumner
POMIP#93/ coconut
ink on paper
2008
28" x  20" 
POMIP#7/castor by Holly Sumner
POMIP#7/castor
ink on paper
2008
12" x  9" 
POMIP#29/bean flower by Holly Sumner
POMIP#29/bean flower
ink on paper
2008
45" x  34" 
POMIP#3/maize by Holly Sumner
POMIP#3/maize
ink on paper
2008
12" x  9" 
POMIP#40/acanthus by Holly Sumner
POMIP#40/acanthus
ink on paper
2008
45" x  34" 
POMIP#8/ wheat by Holly Sumner
POMIP#8/ wheat
ink on paper
2008
28" x  20" 
POMIP#9/ verbena by Holly Sumner
POMIP#9/ verbena
ink on paper
2008
28" x  20" 
POMIP#10/fava by Holly Sumner
POMIP#10/fava
ink on paper
2008
28" x  20" 
POMIP#70/maize by Holly Sumner
POMIP#70/maize
ink on paper
2008
12" x  9" 
POMIP#98/maize by Holly Sumner
POMIP#98/maize
ink on paper
2008
12" x  9" 

Artist Statement
I am working on drawings inspired by Darwin’s mapping of plant movement, “The Power of Movement in Plants” (POMIP). In other drawings, programs for controlling instrumentation and analyzing data written by contemporary scientists float with imagery of microscopic ocean organisms culled from old text books.  

I am drawn to the way that natural history and experimental science is visually communicated. I have browsed the library at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and searched in used bookstores to build my own library of scientific texts, natural history compendiums and field guides of every sort.  I have worked with marine biologists on diagrams, translating unseen information into imagery.

I am interested in the elegant, odd, poetic relationship between graphic modeling and depicted observations. I am representing the “unseen”;  the morphology of micro-organisms, the processes of science, the experiment, the communication of theories and data and the lab environment. I am presenting something about the scales of biological systems – from reductionism to the whole organism.  The integral is other-worldly and familiar.

At the same time, I am influenced by vernacular and amateur (including my own) perceptions of nature.  I grew up observing nature with my mother, a birdwatcher, and my father, a fisherman and hunter.  We looked for signs, markings and tracks to identify and trace.  This way of observing the natural world became a part of my visual vocabulary.

My continuing examination of images in old publications and guidebooks and at museums and labs has given me a sense of scientific history and informs the structure, composition and color of my drawings and paintings. Looking at this imagery has also shown me the human tendency to accept a graphic representation as “true” and to find reassurance in the order and classification of the natural world.

I am working on a personal observation of a natural world.

Artist Bio / CV
SOLO/TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
1999  Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO Denatured
1997  Boulder Museum for Contemporary Art, CO Natural  Abstraction: Paradise as Site
1992  Skep Gallery, New York, NY Paintings
1984  City Spirit Gallery, Denver, CO  Holly Sumner, Phillip Wofford
          Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO Messengers


GROUP EXHIBITIONS, selected
2008  ArtNow, Broadthinking, NYC
          Rule Modern and Contemporary, Denver, CO
2007  ASLO, Santa Fe, NM The Influence of Planktonic Form in Art and Design
2006  Institute for Psychoanalytical Research, NYC
2005  d.u.m.b.o Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY  Human Scale
         Sirius Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland  The Trunk Show
         Women's Library, London Metropolitan University  The Trunk Show
2004  d.u.m.b.o Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY  Up and Off the Wall
          Rubin Museum of Art, NYC  The Flag Project
2003  Field Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA  Artists Respond To War
2000  Exit Art, NYC  Choices
1999  MMC Gallery, NYC  Animal Lives
1998  Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA  Death & Desire Show
1997  Fotouhi Cramer Gallery, NYC Edge of  Chaos
1996  Gray Matters, Dallas, TX Drawing from New York
1995  Charles Cowles Gallery, NYC  Under Glass
          Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburg, PA Like Young:12 New York Painters
          Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY Green Piece
1993  Artists Space, NYC  Artists Select 
          The Drawing Center, NYC  The Return of the Cadavre Exquis
1992  Skep Gallery, NYC  Suzanne Bocanegra, Kellie Murphy, Holly Sumner
1991  MMC Gallery, NYC  In Memory of Nature
1986  Ridge Street Gallery, NYC
          Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO A Colorado Landscape Painters Show
1985  Aspen Museum of Art, CO Colorado Landscape: New Directions
1984  Denver Art Museum  Colorado Biennial
          Aspen Museum of Art, Small Wonders
          Arvada Center for the Arts A Colorado Painting Show


Flat Files
Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY
Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY