Katerina Lanfranco "Secret Garden"

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Katerina Lanfranco "Secret Garden"

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Katerina Lanfranco
Secret Garden
2017
oil, plastic beads, and freshwater pearls on canvas
8 x 7 x 1"

Artist Statement:
The basis of my art practice is the act of collecting, organizing, and fragmenting images and objects from nature and everyday life, incorporating my own vocabulary of visual elements. I make art as a way to ask questions about the world that I live in:

                      How do I make the invisible visible?
          At what point does fantasy become reality?
How is our concept of nature a cultural construct?

My work seeks to explore the intricate duality of culture and nature, and the ways in which our understanding of nature informs our own identities. With each of my exhibitions I invest in the aesthetic experience of the viewer, and consider how the site-specificity of the show will evolve and develop in dialogue to the architectural setting of the space. I reference culture-specific modes of representing nature, such as botanical illustrations, floral fabric patterns, curio cabinets, scientific notes, dioramas, and panoramas. Landscapes, sacred geometry, natural disasters, natural history, biological structures, and genetic engineering are recurring themes, as are cultural conceptions of progress, systems of knowledge, and the problem of creating meaning within a natural world.

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