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.
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Public gallery hours: Saturdays, 9am - 5pm, March 13 - April 24, 2021
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