FLOR 85,Bloodroot (Sanquinaria canadensis), FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art,Alexa Kleinbard 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 85
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

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FLOR 85 by Alexa Kleinbard  

Alexa Kleinbard, "FLOR 85: Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)", oil paint on cut out shaped birch wood,45"x 46"x 1/2", 2012 (CC)   

 

About the Artist

Alexa Kleinbard grew up exploring forest trails and following her gentle father as he tended to self-designed and beautifully colored, native gardens in Rydal, Pennsylvania.  This early imprinting of  intense ecological observation led her to develop a deep curiosity about the natural world.  In 1978 she did her first group museum exhibit in NYC at The New Museum and has continued visually creating.  In 2012 her solo exhibit at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans received strong reviews.  She continues to make and exhibit art inspired by the natural world and the part mankind has played in it's current condition. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist's Statement

Bloodroot, known as red puccoon root  for the dye made from the root  was used by Native Americans  for their artwork and to dye skin. It is a beautiful spring flower, which first appears with a pretty violet leaf  wrapped around its stem and flower. Later the white flower, pollinated by bees and flies, opens and when it dies the leaf opens turning green. Ants take the seeds to their nest where they ingest a substance, then cast the seeds out dispersing them  away from the mother plant to grow. The black salve made from the plant has been used to treat skin cancers from early times till now only by  professional healers.

 































 

 

 

 

FLOR 85 Bloodroot
Photo credit: Shirley Denton

Bloodroot        
(Sanguinaria canadensis)

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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