FLOR 467,Slender Gayfeather (Liatris gracilis), 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 467
Jack-in-the-bush (Chromolaena odorata)


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Thamer Azule-Wright," FLOR 467: Jack-in-the-bush (Chromolaena odorata)”, mixed media, 2013. (CC)

 

About the Artist

Thamer Azule-Wright (1954, Havana, Cuba), is an artist who currently works with recycled wood and mixed media.  By applying abstraction and surrealism, Azule-Wright creates personal expressions, transforming materials and giving them a new voice. Focusing on the elements of Nature, spirituality and transformation of the self, she feels each piece unfolds as a Divine surprise, developing organically.

Artist's Statement 

Each piece has a voice, a past, a scar and a secret. By examining the ambiguity and origination, she tries to approach a wide selection of ideas in a multi layered way to express thoughts and emotions to each viewer.

 

Her works directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses recycled wood and materials as her starting point.  Often these materials would go unnoticed in their original content.  With a conceptual approach, she tries to increase the dynamic between audience and artist by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops thru different interpretations.

 

Although each work has a title presented to the viewer, the meaning is shifted through individual, multifaceted interpretations. Every viewer becomes part of the work, adding their own story or emotions and therefore the recycling of the art continues.

 

FLOR 467 Jack-in-the-bush
Photo credit: Roger Hammer

Jack-in-the-bush
(Chromolaena odorata)
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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