The Cross-Pollination Lectures is a series of conversations between artists and botanists that will accompany the exhibition.
Artist and Exhibition Organizer Brett Day Windham & Robert Fuchs, President of R.F. Orchids
Brett Day Windham’s work with cyanotypes grew directly from her own love of collecting. As this early photographic process was championed by botanists (many of whom were friends of Anna Atkins, the processes’ mater familias), it has become a natural way to continue this exploration of those deeply human inclinations - collecting, assembling, and presenting. Windham then uses color to shift the work from antique to contemporary, confounding our sense of time. This mass-market phalaenopsis orchid was the banalest of interior decorator tropes, picked up from a rolling rack at a big box store. In Windham’s interpretation, we see this orchid anew, with its mysterious beauty, distinctive structure, and medusa like roots.
Brett Day Windham
Tropicalian Diptych, 2020
Cyanpotype, gouache and watercolor on rag paper
26 x 40 inches each, unframed
Orchids: Attraction & Deception
On view: Feb. 4 - Aug. 1
The work included in this exhibition ranges widely; fitting for an exploration of one of the largest and most diverse plant groups on the planet. From pure botanical fascination to climate change, from historical model-making to collecting and colonization, ten artists approach the orchid from very different angles. The contemporary works are accompanied by astonishing antiquarian illustrations of orchids, generously loaned from the Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s botanical library.
For more information or to register, visit barryartmuseum.odu.edu. Free and Open to the Public: Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Weekends: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Closed Mondays