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Printmaking Showcase Gallery: April Flanders “Lost Blooms”

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Printmaking Showcase Gallery
Art & Architecture Building, second floor
January 7 – February 20, 2017

We do not fully understand the ramifications of globalization. One of its consequences is the uninhibited exchange of plant and animal organisms across natural boundaries. At times these swaps are deliberate while at other times unintentional, but the result is often the creation of an invasive species.

Any system is interconnected; small changes have huge impact. Within the system that connects humans to nature, we are the vehicle for the destruction of balance. While non-native organisms provide novel interest and unique beauty, the natural controls that would normally keep them in check are missing. The result is an imbalance in the delicate equilibrium of our ecosystems.

With my current work I ponder the implications of a globalized landscape using a variety of media including printmaking, painting, drawing and installation. As a classically trained printmaker I employ ink on paper to create compelling rhythms with color, texture and repetition using a variety of print methods. I am more completely engaged however, when I challenge the boundaries of traditional printmaking by cutting, folding and sculpting my prints so that they take shape beyond the frame.

Invasive species are not inherently bad. They exist within their home environments in harmony with other organisms and only travel to other ecosystems through us, both purposefully and by accident. Relying on the visual language of seduction, I create work where viewers are confronted by their attraction to an ultimately destructive organism. Using pattern, repetition, and layered color I seduce the viewer, luring them into a menagerie of exotics.

APRIL FLANDERS is a studio artist living and making in the mountains of Western North Carolina. A keen naturalist, her work has been featured in solo and group shows at museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including the Center for the Book Arts, in New York and the Anna Leonowens Gallery, in Nova Scotia, Canada. Recent honors include an online exhibition as a finalist in the 87th Annual Competition at the Print Center in Philadelphia, PA and a residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, VA. Her work is in several public collections, including the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Tucson Museum of Art and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. She has taught printmaking for fourteen years at various universities nationally and internationally. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

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