Time and Place: Ecological Work

At Liberty Arts Collective, Bend, Oregon

Curated by Andries Fourie

Dates: November 1 – January 4, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, November 1, 2019, 5:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Saturday, November 16, 2019, 11:00 AM, Moderated by Andries Fourie with artist Leah Wilson, Dr. Brooke Penaluna (research fish biologist with Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S.D.A Forest Service) Dr. Michael Nelson (a philosopher and economist who is Oregon State’s lead principal investigator at Andrews) and Louise Shirley (Curator of Natural History at the High Desert Museum). The discussion will provide context for Wilson’s artwork and explore the convergence of art and science as ways of investigating the natural world.

Address: 849 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR 97703

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m., Sunday – Tuesday by appointment

Contact: 458-206-3040  info@atlibertyarts.com


Constructing Water, 2017 – 2019, Hand Cut Dura-Lar, LED Lights, 48 in. x 67 in.

Leah Wilson makes paintings and installations that are place-based records of changes that occur within environmental ecosystems over time. Her process-oriented work frequently uses or interprets scientific data or the results of observation. In a sense Wilson’s work emphasizes the crucial similarities that exist between the processes of artmaking and scientific research: both rely on disciplined observation, embrace experimentation, and are  attempts to investigate and understand the world and its phenomena. She is particularly interested in landscapes that have been exploited for their natural resources in the past, and long-term ecological research sites such as the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest where research is being conducted to understand the ecosystem we live in and depend upon, and our own place in those ecosystem.

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