Art in the Garden: “Invasive Pigments”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Flushing, NY – July 17, 2013—Queens Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition on Tuesday July 23 in the Gallery of the Visitor & Administration Building: “Invasive Pigments” is a series of watercolor-like paintings on paper by NY-based artist Ellie Irons. Ms. Irons is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the interplay of humanity and ecology through drawings, environmental sculpture, and electronic media.
“Regardless of medium, I engage the interplay between humanity and ecology, exploring what it means to be alive in the advent of the Anthropocene. As a young adult, I studied environmental science and fell in love with biology field work. As my practice developed, I began to integrate science and art. I now work in a hybrid format, splitting my time between the lab, the field and the studio. I am interested in creating work that reveals how humans are embedded in ecological systems rather than distinct from them.”
Born in rural Northern California, Ms. Irons went to college in Los Angeles and studied art and environmental science. She uses the tools at her disposal, from paint to dirt to WIFI to reconsider our long-held notions of nature. Project by project, she seeks to reframe nature as ecology, locating humans in an all-encompassing, inescapable network of melting ice, shifting populations and evolving technology. As part of her tenure at QBG, Ms. Irons will hold a public art workshop on August 18th for interested members of the community.
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