Lea Nickless, "FLOR 499: Florida Butterfly Orchid," watercolor and graphite, 7" x 4.5", 2011 (CC).
About the artist
Lea Nickless uses watercolors, mixed media and the structure of the book to explore her vision. Her work is found in the collections of Scripps College, the University of Central Florida and the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book. She has also worked in museums and arts administration in Miami for many years.
I am drawn to the fecund beauty of the natural world and the interconnectedness of all things -- the delicate web that connects all life and energy, both the seen and the unseen, and the tension between restriction and release.
FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013.
Xavier Cortada created art installations at the North Poleand South Pole to address environmental concerns at every point in between. He’s been commissioned to create art for the White House, the World Bank, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall, Florida Botanical Gardens, the Miami Art Museum, Museum of Florida History, Miami Science Museum and the Frost Art Museum. Cortada has also developed numerous collaborative art projects globally, including peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Switzerland and South Africa, and eco-art projects in Holland, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Latvia and Taiwan. Cortada serves as artist-in-residence at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts.