FLOR 456,Chapman’s Wild Sensitive Plant (Senna mexicana var. chapmanii)FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art,Mimi Dickson 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 456
Chapman’s Wild Sensitive Plant (Senna mexicana var. chapmanii)


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FLOR 456 by Mimi Dickson 


 Mimi Dickson, "FLOR 456: Chapman’s Wild Sensitive Plant (Senna mexicana var. chapmanii)," watercolor, 10" x 14",  2013. (CC) 

About the Artist

My subject matter is dominated by nature.However, I do like to work with still life, by changing the shapes of the objects and creating a composition that has rhythm and movement. Lately, I have developed some abstract works in which I enjoy the challenge of combining many of the element and principles of art that invite the viewer to interpret his or her own ideas of my presentation.

Artist's Statement

This plant appealed to me because it was the closest flower I could find that reminded me of an orchid that also has five petals. I often paint various orchids so the Privet had possibilities for me. After I had studied the flower, I found something very similar in the school yard and thus this particular subject had more appeal to me.

 


FLOR 456 Chapman's Wild Sensitive Plant
Photo credit: Keith Bradley


Privet Wild Sensitive Plant
(Senna ligustrina)
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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