FLOR 211,Cardinalflower (Lobelia cardinalis) FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art, 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 211
Cardinalflower (Lobelia cardinalis)

 
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 Catherine Chastain-Elliot"FLOR 211: Cardinalflower (Lobelia cardinalis)," acrylic, 5" x 8",  2014. (CC)

 

About the Artist

Catherine Chastain-Elliott divides her time between Tampa, Florida and the Appalachian foothills in Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia. She is Associate Dean and Professor of Art History at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida. Chastain-Elliott has a B.A. in painting, drawing, and art history from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in art history from Emory University, Atlanta.

 


Artist's Statement

My three siblings and I grew up visiting the mountains on weekends.   Our Pops drove us around on barely passable country roads in Clay County, North Carolina, to remote areas with outlandish names like “Lick Log” and “Hanging Dog.” As we drove, I stared at the mountains, the thick rhododendron, mountain laurel, and azalea.  So began my love of the outdoors, and my desire to capture it in paint.



 

FLOR 211 Cardinalflower
Photo credit: Michael Drummond

Cardinalflower
(Lobelia cardinalis)  
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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