The Cross-Pollination Lectures is a series of conversations between artists and botanists that will accompany the exhibition.
The Oak Springs Foundation Mission and Artist in Residency Program
Australian- American Artist Calista Lyon & Sir Peter Crane, President of Oak Springs
Calista Lyon is a poetic researcher. She works conceptually, allowing ideas to take whatever form they need in order to communicate—thus her practice encompasses video, sculpture, and performance. Her love of ecology and botany, and her sense of responsibility to the earth, is present throughout her practice. Lyon’s focus on orchids evolved from a friendship with Philip Branwhite, a self-taught botanist who lived on her family’s farming community in Tallangatta Valley, Australia. In her own words, “orchids are a cultural signifier across time... they offer many lessons that help us understand our own fraught histories of love and violence.” We invite the viewer to make connections among the works: they are about orchids, but they are also about the human relationship with orchids, specifically the potential cultivation and extraction of the human hand. They are the result of the type of confidence and freedom of creativity that comes with a deeply considered subject.
Calista Lyon (Australian, b. 1986)
becoming with, 2019
Inkjet print on cotton rag, glass, pins
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