This month we welcome Moriah Harris and Joanna Mullen to the Shuckster space!
For me, encapsulating plant life in glass is about stimulating the mind and sense to a study of the visual essence in plant life - the delicacy of stems, leaves, and petals, the variety of shape and form, and the subtlety of color and texture. While more traditional terrariums consist of closed glass containers filled with moisture loving plants, modern terrariums embrace succulents in open glass containers as well. One is self-sustaining through water condensation and release, while the other allows for long periods of time between watering, which makes them both easy to care for. Both provide a stunning visual that offers the viewer insight into worlds of lush succulent landscapes, wet mossy woodlands and dry earthy deserts. I have included both in this collection. Please enjoy.
A native Virginian, who was raised in Pennsylvania, Joanna Mullen currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is a graduate of Sweet Briar College with a major in Studio Art and a minor in Art History. Though, she is likely best known for competing in both men's and women's figure skating at the 1940 and 1944 Winter Olympics. She placed 4th in both. It was then that she realized that sports were so pedestrian and she was part of a dying breed... like people who could name all fifty states. The truth hurt. Oh sure, maybe not as much as landing on a bicycle with the seat missing, but it hurt. So began her epic journey into the world of collage. Tonight she has prepared some work that will illuminate the mind and dazzle the eye.