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Imaginary Botanicals

Kathleen Elliot

May 3 - 25, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, May 3rd, 6-8 PM

Thalia Vrachopoulos, Exhibitions Director
Robert Curcio, Curator

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Elliot , who is based in Cupertino CA, exhibits pieces that remain close to their natural origins and many which seem like visitors from other worlds. Having studied with Carlos Castaneda, who wrote of his encounters with a Yaqui shaman exploring alternate realities, Elliot explores a poetic realm of observing nature through an expanded organic vocabulary while reflecting the artist's inner life.

The connection between botanical life and the human body is emphasized by Elliot in a variety of ways. A dancer and a plant become one as green stems with ivory leaves, a lacy tutu, and four tendril legs end in ballet slippers. Coral pink blossoms evoke a sense of organic sexuality having been loosely fashioned after female genitalia. Bright yellow delicate pointed buds form the toes of a magical plant/animal hybrid.

A series of sculptures are based on the form of a cyclone, translated into a delicate webbing of glass from which emerge leaves and flowers. Elliot says, "cyclones are a kind of self-portrait - unfolding, growth, becoming - a vortex spinning through life, spiraling upward until it's complete."

Elliot is currently in the middle of a national museum tour that began last year and continues into next year. The Morris Museum, NJ recently hosted an exhibition with upcoming exhibitions to include Ellen Noel Art Museum, TX; Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, SD; and Hilliard Art Museum, LA. Exhibitions in 2014 throughout Florida include Ringling College of Art & Design Gallery, Armory Art Center, Mattie Kelly Arts Center and the Foosaner Art Museum. She is included in numerous collections including the Oakland Museum of California and the Weyershauser Collection. Elliot has widely exhibited nationally and in Taiwan.