Strange Forest will present contemporary drawings devoted to abstract and surreal dimensions of the natural world. Utilizing techniques of botanical and scientific illustration, the six Bay Area artists in the exhibition take on the role of experimental naturalists. Through processes such as painstaking delineation, classification and focus on the lifecycle, the artists express a deep respect for the flora and fauna of our planet, while at the same time reimagining it. Delineating a rock, a weed, a feather; Strange Forest examines how elements of the natural world can become microcosms for exploring the state of the earth and our place within it.
Image: Lela Shields, Horsetail, 2017