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Amy Ross, anima mundi

Jen Bekman Gallery
6 Spring Street, between Elizabeth St. and Bowery, 212-219-0166
East Village / Lower East Side
April 27 - June 7, 2007
Reception: Friday, April 27, 6 - 8 PM
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Ross’s work is a series of intricate paintings using graphite, watercolor and walnut ink on paper and directly on walls. She creates the complex and intriguing marriage between plants and animals. Says Ross, “What would happen if the DNA sequence of a plant or mushroom were spliced with that of an animal?”

Ross has shown in dozens of exhibitions from Massachusetts to California. Her recent sold-out solo exhibition at Boston’s Allston Skirt Gallery was reviewed in the Boston Globe, which described her work as “beautiful… but packed with moral and emotional complexity.” Ross creates spectacularly realistic images of nature, but upon closer look the viewer realizes the illusion; a finch’s head at the tip of a white birch tree, or a tiny quail’s release from a blooming magnolia tree. In her statement Ross writes: “These images subvert the traditional genre of botanical illustration by approaching the close study of the natural world through the lens of genetic engineering and mutation gone awry.”

Gallery director Jen Bekman observes, “I am absolutely thrilled to host this exhibition and welcome Amy into the jen bekman family. Her paintings seem simply beautiful at first, but they are also sly commentary on a modern world where most every aspect of nature has been manipulated, spliced, transformed and morphed by human intervention.”
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