GREEN ARCHIVES

March 13 - April 24, 2021

Laura Grothaus and Shelley Picot explore themes of nature and storytelling through sculpture, video, painting, and additional 2D works made in collaboration with Art Enables artists Mara Clawson, Egbert “Clem” Evans, Debora Green, Vanessa Monroe, Gary Murrell, and Imani Turner. The exhibition considers the natural world as an index of living symbols and archetypes human beings have used over and over throughout history to tell and retell the stories that define us. The small husks of nascent seeds, twining tendrils of growing plants, the presence of pollinators, and the bodies of dogs, bears, and other animals - these images feel ripe with mythic potential, an elemental vocabulary ready to be shaped into new narratives.

Click images to see artwork detail page and/or purchase work online (some visiting artist artwork will be unavailable post-exhibition)

Laura Grothaus 
*Red Ballad, 2020
gouache on paper
50 x 114 in 

*This piece was commissioned as part of the collaborative performance project, Red Ballad. It owes a debt of gratitude to the artists involved: Rae Red (director), Rain, Kim Le, Theresa Columbus, and Maura Dwyer.



Imani Turner & Laura Grothaus
Collaborative drawing (Harpy Family Reunion), 2021
colored pencil on paper
11 x 14 in
$250

Vanessa Monroe & Shelley Picot
Collaborative drawing (Sacred Creature), 2021
mixed media on paper
11 x 14 in
$250

Shelley Picot
Dogrock, 2021
paper clay, acrylic
32 x 24 x 5 in



Laura Grothaus
The Wild Inviting, 2021
gouache on paper
50 x 38 in



Imani Turner & Shelley Picot Collaborative drawing 
(Deep in the Community), 2021
colored pencil on paper
11 x 14 in
$250

Gary Murrell & Laura Grothaus Collaborative drawing 
(The Wood Maiden), 2o21
mixed media on paper
11 x 14 in
$250

Egbert "Clem" Evans & Laura Grothaus Collaborative drawing 
(Another Portrait of the Moon), 2021 
colored pencil and marker on paper
11 x 14 in
$250

Mara Clawson & Laura Grothaus Collaborative drawing 
(Anthill Travels), 2021 

mixed media on paper
11 x 14 in
$250

Shelley Picot

Relics, 2021
paper clay, acrylic, colored pencil and other media
~ 27 x 43 in.

Shelley Picot, Praylien Drawings

Top row: Neck, 2021, acrylic, gesso, and graphite on paper, 7.5 x 5.5 in

Middle row:  Shrek Finger, 2020, acrylic and graphite on paper, 11 x 7.5 in; Looking Up, 2020, acrylic, gesso and graphite on paper, 11 x 7.5 in; Eurgh, 2019, acrylic and graphite on paper, 11 x 7.5 in

Bottom row:  Flower Prayer, 2020, acrylic and graphite on paper, 5.5 x 3.75 in; Alien in Forest, 2020, acrylic and pen on paper, 11 x 7.5 in; Praylien in Repose, colored pencil on paper, 6.5 x 5 in



Shelley Picot 
Praylien, 2021 
single-channel video with sound continuous loop, 00:04:42 


Shelley Picot
Paradise Well, 2021
paper clay, acrylic, colored pencil
24 x 24 x 3 in



Vanessa Monroe & Shelley Picot

Collaborative drawing (Fairy Hand), 2021

mixed media on paper

11 x 14 in

Laura Grothaus & Shelley Picot

Tales from the Forest Garden, 2021

watercolor and colored pencil on paper

11 x 14 in


Mara Clawson & Laura Grothaus

Collaborative drawing (New Growth), 2021

mixed media on paper

11 x 14 in



Laura Grothaus

Magic Book - Ink, 2021

found book, foil, alchemist gloves, pen nibs, 

ink in bottles

12 x 9.25 x 1.50 in







Laura Grothaus

Magic Book - Reciprocity, 2021

found book, foil, polymer clay, cloth, thread

11 x 8.50 x 1.75 in



Laura Grothaus
Magic Book - Forage, 2021
found book, foil, polymer clay, gouache, seeds
9.12 x 7.37 x 1 in



Laura Grothaus
Magic Book - Ink, supplemental video

Laura Grothaus
Magic Book - Reciprocity, supplemental video

Laura Grothaus
Magic Book - Forage, supplemental video



Debora Green & Shelley Picot
Collaborative drawing (Portal and Story), 2021
graphite and colored pencil on paper
11 x 14 in
$250

Laura Grothaus & Shelley Picot

Super Fruit, 2021

mixed media on paper

11 x 14 in

Above: individual and collaborative drawings. Click titles below for full artwork info and expanded view (where available):
Top row: Shelley Picot, Flower Portal; Laura Grothaus, Rapunzel
Middle row: Debora Green & Shelley Picot, Forest Bathers; Debora Green & Laura Grothaus, Plant Animal; Laura Grothaus, Fiddlehead; Shelley Picot, Little Bloomer
Bottom row: Shelley Picot, Dog in Flowers; Shelley PicotSprouting Wand; Shelley Picot, Twig; Mara Clawson & Shelley Picot, Tideline Surprises; Shelley Picot: ;__; ;  Alien Face; Drawing for DogrockDrawing for Clearbell GrottoBlue TestTree Ghost








Imani Turner & Shelley Picot
Collaborative drawing 
(Comic Nature), 2021
mixed media on paper
11 x 14 in
$250


Egbert "Clem" Evans 
& Laura Grothaus
Collaborative drawing (In Winter), 2021
mixed media on paper
14 x 11 in
$250

Mara Clawson & Shelley Picot
Collaborative drawing (Owl with Crystal Ball), 2021
mixed media on paper
14 x 11 in
$250






Debora Green & Shelley Picot
Collaborative drawing (This is a…), 2021
graphite on paper
11 x 14 in
$250



Egbert "Clem" Evans & Shelley Picot
Collaborative drawing (Seed Walkin-n-Talkin), 2021
mixed media on paper
14 x 11 in
$250





Gary Murrell & Shelley Picot

Collaborative drawing (Fairy), 2021

mixed media on paper

11 x 14 in

$250



Mara Clawson & Laura Grothaus

Collaborative drawing (Strawberry Poem), 2021

mixed media on paper

11 x 14 in 

Sold

Vanessa Monroe & Laura Grothaus
Collaborative drawing  (Bugs and Flower), 2021
graphite on paper
11 x 14 in
$250



Imani Turner & Laura Grothaus

Collaborative drawing (Bees), 2021

graphite on paper

14 x 11 in

$250



Mara Clawson & Shelley Picot

Collaborative Drawing (Nature Feeling), 2021

mixed media on paper

14 x 11 in

$250

Egbert "Clem" Evans & Shelley Picot

Collaborative drawing (Rock Tree), 2021

mixed media on paper

14 x 11 in

$250






Mara Clawson & Laura Grothaus

Collaborative drawing (Bright Bright), 2021

mixed media on paper

11 x 14 in

$250

Mara Clawson & Shelley Picot

Collaborative drawing 

(At Night, Acorns Go Floating), 2021

mixed media on paper

14 x 11 in

$250




Debora Green & Laura Grothaus

Collaborative drawing

 (Held Tight to This Good Earth), 2021

mixed media on paper

11 x 14 in

$250



Gary Murrell & Laura Grothaus
Collaborative drawing (Memory Garden), 2021
mixed media on paper
11 x 14 in
$250

Vanessa Monroe & Shelley Picot
Collaborative drawing (Spirits Walking With), 2021
mixed media on paper
11 x 14 in
$250


LAURA GROTHAUS is a Baltimore-based writer and visual artist. Interested in the politics of magic and memory, she’s at work on a hybrid manuscript exploring queerness and childhood and a novel about singing bones. Her collaborations with musicians, activists, performers, and visual artists have spawned theatre about the environmental crisis, workshops about our bodies’ maps, and more. You can find her online at LauraGrothaus.com.

SHELLEY PICOT (b. 1990, Alexandria, Virginia) is an artist working in sculpture, new media, and drawing. She has exhibited in the DC area at Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, Willow Street Gallery, Kaplan Gallery of VisArts, and the District of Columbia Arts Center; in Philadelphia at AUTOMAT; and online at Big Toe Gallery; among others. Her honors include grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Council, as well as a residency and merit grant from the Vermont Studio Center. She received a BA in Studio Art from Mount Holyoke College and currently lives and works in Montgomery County, Maryland.  shelleypicot.com

To learn more about the Art Enables resident artists in this exhibition, please visit their artist pages:

MARA CLAWSON   |   DEBORA GREEN   |   EGBERT "CLEM" EVANS  |   VANESSA MONROE   |   GARY MURRELL  |  IMANI TURNER

 

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