FLOR 14, Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art,Leslie Jean Wentzell 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.
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 FLOR 14
Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)

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FLOR 14 by Leslie Wentzell 

Leslie Jean Wentzell, "FLOR 14: Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)," ceramics, 10.5" x 10.5",  2012. (CC) 


About the Artist

Leslie Jean Wentzell has lived in Port St. Joe, Florida since 2006. She received an art degree from the University of Wisconsin with a concentration in ceramics. The landscape and nature's forms inspire and inform her ceramic sculptures and one of a kind pottery. It was the beautiful wild scenery of the Florida Panhandle that drew her and her husband to Port St. Joe. 

Leslie shares her love for clay and pottery by offering instruction to adults and children at her studio, The Artery.

 

 

Artist's Statement

My art has always been influenced by nature. Seedpods, driftwood and seashells manage to find their way home with me, taking up residence on my workbench to serve as inspiration. A recurring motif in much of my work has been the use of leaf forms. As part of my sculptures, these forms are often imagined, almost abstracted. In my pottery, the leaves are more literal. Impressed into the clay, they become a permanent token of vibrant, yet fleeting life.

My ceramics are mostly hand-built, sometimes incorporating wheel-thrown components. I often use terracotta clay, leaving parts of it unglazed, because of its warm, earthy color and the way it influences the glazes I use over it.

 

FLOR 14 Flowering Dogwood
Photo credit: Virginia Ducey
 



Flowering Dogwood 
(Cornus florida)

For more information about this flower please visit
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants Institute for Systematic Botany


Five hundred Florida artists are sought to create art for FLOR500, 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. For more information click here.

  

  

 

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts


Xavier Cortada
Artist-in-Residence
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.






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