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