FLOR 180,Bluejacket (Tradescantia ohiensis) FLOR500, Florida Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art,Morri Simms 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 180
Bluejacket (Tradescantia ohiensis)

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 FLOR 180 by Morri Simms

  Morri Sims, "FLOR 180: Bluejacket (Tradescantia ohiensis)", acrylic on canvas, 20" x 24",  2012. (CC)


About the Artist

Morri Sims, "Morri" is a mixed media artist, primarily a painter, lover of nature, and an active humanitarian. She is a native Floridian, having lived throughout the state, she now divides her time between Fleming Island and the isolated Drayton Island. 

Morri is a Summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Florida BFA, Florida School of the Arts. She has exhibited in the US and abroad and her work is in private and corporate collections in the US and abroad. 


Artist's Statement

"Whether deep in a woodland or looking at a simple still life in the studio it is all about the energies I see and feel. I then find myself painting, drawing, and pasting on canvas or paper--what I am unable to say with words. Speaking through the language of art, narratives within papers and paints, concerning works of nature --earthly and spiritual-- and the universal energies that connect all."  

 


FLOR 180 Bluejacket
Photo credit: Keith Bradley

Bluejacket
(Tradescantia ohiensis)
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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