At the FIU Project Room

Bakehouse Art Complex, 2016

Curated by Brittni Winkler

Phylum Floridian is a series of drawings, paintings and monotype prints which took Floridian species of animals and combined them with local characters I see or specific people I know. There is a good amount of information about the images that can be understood if one were to be familiar with the species depicted. For example, The Basilisk or also known as “the Jesus lizard” due to its ability to run across water is painted in this series wearing a typical Roman Catholic robe referenced from the Archbishop of Miami. The images function as political and social satires that had more to say about humans than it did about the animals. It was an interesting approach to making a social comment that at the same time illustrated people as being not so different from the creatures we share this earth with.

Each artwork was framed very specifically to help carry the idea that this is a derelict family that had been discarded. The larger pieces were framed with discarded wood I found on the side of the road. The smaller pieces were put into cheap frames bought from a Goodwill thrift store. These frames at one point held someone’s family photos and now were given away for cheap resale. The frames themselves became a metaphor for how the everglades are currently being treated by our local and state governments.

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