Carmen Almon, Crepe Myrtle with Large Dark Butterfly, 2019
Copper sheeting, brass tubing, steel wire, and enamel paint, 12 x 8 x 10 inches
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Suzi Davidoff, New Mexico Geology / Sancti-Spiritus Ipomopsis, 2018
Chine colle etching on archival inkjet map, 18 x 28 inches, Ed. 2/24

Installation View

Carmen Almon

Datura with Scrub Hairstreak, 2018

Copper sheeting, brass tubing, steel wire, and enamel paint

23 x 26 x 24 inches

Installation View

Suzi Davidoff
Rio Grande Near Santa Teresa Bridge / U.S. Mexico Border, 2018
Charcoal, watercolor, pastel and mica on 3 panels
11 x 60 inches

Installation View

Installation View

Suzi Davidoff

Simple Releif Globe / Water Willow and Texas Springs, 2017

Charcoal, watercolor, gesso and graphite on globe

13 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 20 inches

Suzi Davidoff

New Mexico Geology / Allium, 2018

Chine colle etching on archival inkjet map

7 x 18 inches (image size)

Suzi Davidoff

New Mexico Geology / Sancti-Spiritus Ipomopsis, 2018

Chine colle etching on archival inkjet map

7 x 18 inches (image size)

Suzi Davidoff

New Mexico Geology / Sacramento Mountain Thistle, 2018

Chine colle etching on archival inkjet map

7 x 18 inches (image size)

Installation View

Suzi Davidoff

United States with Mexico / Deep Water Corals, 2016

Charcoal and gesso on map

85 x 68 x 3 inches

Installation View

Suzi Davidoff
U.S. Mexico Border, 2018
Charcoal, watercolor, earth and mica - installation of 11 panels
60 x 86 inches (overall installation)

Installation View

Installation View

Carmen Almon
White Camellia with Green Kaytid, 2019
Copper sheeting, brass tubing, steel wire, and enamel paint
16 x 12 x 14 inches

Carmen Almon
Lantena with Palpares, 2019
Copper sheeting, brass tubing, steel wire, and enamel paint
19 x 15 x 14 inches

Carmen Almon

Silene with Sarrette and Fritillary Butterfly, 2019

Copper sheeting, brass tubing, steel wire, and enamel paint

33 x 20 x 16 inches

Carmen Almon
Crepe Myrtle with Large Dark Butterfly, 2019
Copper sheeting, brass tubing, steel wire, and enamel paint
12 x 8 x 10 inches

Carmen Almon
Tulbaghia with Black and White Snail, 2019
Copper sheeting, brass tubing, steel wire, and enamel paint
21 x 19 x 19 inches

Installation View

Carmen Almon

Morning Glories with Anthocharis Butterfly, 2019

Copper sheeting, brass tubing, steel wire, and enamel paint

41 x 17 x 22 inches

Carmen Almon

Lilac Hollyhock with Dragonfly, 2019

Copper sheeting, brass tubing, steel wire, and enamel paint

32 x 13 x 15 inches

Installation View

Carmen Almon
Hanging Dandelion with Lestdae, 2019
Copper sheeting, brass tubing, steel wire, and enamel paint
20 x 9 x 12 inches

Carmen Almon

Plumbago with Spotted Grasshopper, 2018

Copper sheeting, brass tubing, steel wire, and enamel paint

31 x 17 x 18 inches

Carmen Almon
Hanging Pear Blossom Branch with Linnaeus Moth, 2019
Copper sheeting, brass tubing, steel wire, and enamel paint
31 x 11 x 15 inches

Carmen Almon
Hanging Cabbage Rose with Sphinx Moth, 2019
Copper sheeting, brass tubing, steel wire, and enamel paint
13 x 5 x 12 inches

Carmen Almon / Suzi Davidoff: Selected Works

Octavia Art Gallery | Houston

September 12 – October 19, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 6-8pm

 

 

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present Carmen Almon & Suzi Davidoff: Selected Works.

Utilizing different approaches, the artists featured in this exhibition each find inspiration through their connection to nature, both as scientific investigation and spiritual exploration.

 

Carmen Almon uses copper sheeting, brass tubing, steel wire and enamel paint to create exquisite botanical sculptures. She captures the fragility of a moment in time by interpreting particular plants based on her memories of them. “These botanical compositions seem to defy their sheet-metal origins to come alive. Branches bend, vines loop, leaves twist, and a few surprising bugs, from butterflies to beetles, drop in to colonize her plants.” Through her work, one is reminded of the beautifully illustrated botanical books of the 17th and 18th century – Linneaeus, Ehret, Redouté – which Carmen often refers to for inspiration. Each piece takes up to twelve weeks to complete, therefore, few are realized each year making them rare treasures.

 

In reference to our human connection to flowers, Carmen states, “Romance, marriage, funerals. Subconsciously, they represent so many things, innocent beauty, courage in the face of obstacles and continuity in the cycle of life and death. When I work on a plant, I am often thinking of this.”

 

Suzi Davidoff is influenced by her close connection to nature and by what she calls, “the spirit of investigation and observation of the natural world.” Her work explores themes of structure, sustainability, and perception of our environment. Davidoff’s current body of work considers the intricate patterns found in nature and the overlaying systems used to observe, map, and define organic landscapes. Her process begins with a walk, most often through the West Texas desert, where she lives. Along the way, she picks up bits of moss and lichen, handfuls of dirt, and other natural materials. She rubs her found materials onto her paper serving as the ground for her composition and creating a physical connection between personal experience and the finished work. These pieces emulate a conversation about human-wrought changes in the ecosystem. They are an exploration of the contrast between the clarity and wonder of the natural world and the present instability of specific natural forms.
 

Almon grew up in Barcelona and Washington DC and resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her works are exhibited at the Chinese Porcelain Gallery, NY; and Octavia Art Gallery, TX and LA, as well as featured at art fairs worldwide. She was recently written up by Architectural Digest, The New York Times, and Martha Stewart Living magazine and her works are found in prestigious private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe.

 

Davidoff is based in the Chihuahuan desert of West Texas. She received her BFA at the University of Texas at El Paso and attended New Mexico State University for her MA and MFA. She has had solo exhibitions at the Rubim Center for the Visual Arts, TX; Chicago Art Source, IL; Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, NM; Flatbed Press, TX; among many others. Her work is the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC; Art in Embassies, MX; El Paso Museum of Art, TX; Hallmark Collection, MO, and the Texas Tech University Museum, TX. Davidoff has been the recipient of the Mid-America NEW Fellowship and a Ford Foundation/ Pollock-Siquieros Bi-national Art Award.