FLOR 76,Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia), 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 76
Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)

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Amy Vigilante,"FLOR 76: Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)," ,oil on canvas, 20" x 10", 2012. (CC)

 

 

About the Artist

 

Dr. Vigilante has been Director of the University Galleries since 2002 at UF. As a practicing artist, Vigilante has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows, and has received several awards including a State of Florida Individual Artist's Fellowship. Her current work in textiles has traveled to eight venues in Florida and Georgia since 2008.  Dr. Vigilante has served as a juror for over 100 art shows in the southeast.







Artist's Statement

 

Color, pattern, shape and line are elements of painting that characterize these textile works. They are constructed as traditional quilts; with ornate tops, batting and backing. Both sides are complex and pictorial. The fabrics and garments are machine pieced and hand quilted. Lines of embroidery thread are heavy and rough. Marimekko, Speedo and other sources contribute to the aesthetics. These works are inspired by Florida hurricanes; haphazard lines of copious stitching track the strange paths of the storms. The quilts are very physical, ranging widely in texture and weight.

 

FLOR 76 Red Buckeye
Photo credit: Michael Drummond


Red Buckeye
(Aesculus pavia)

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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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