Poison Pie
Renee Adams

July 1 - 31, 2010

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, July 1, 2010

Continuing her exploration of ideal beauty and the natural world, Renee Adams' current exhibit, Poison Pie, scrutinizes two species that, for many, have a magical allure. The jellyfish and the mushroom exist as elusive, enticing, foreboding and sometimes deadly members of our local flora and fauna. But Adams' sculptures go further in beguiling us with frills, baubles and ribbon. Like so many costumed and decorated women, our attraction to them is heightened by an illusion of paint and flourishes.

Borrowing imagery from Ernst Haeckel's stunningly detailed, late 19th century engravings, and referencing Michael Pollan's recent book, The Botany of Desire, Adams' works imagine a world in which plants and animals control us; seducing, manipulating and luring us into their potentially lethal snare.

Renee Adams received her MFA in sculpture from Central Washington University in 1999. She resides in Thorp, WA and works as the Arts Programmer at Gallery One Visual Arts Center in Ellensburg. In addition to being an active member and founding member of PUNCH Gallery, she enjoys gardening and beekeeping.


Hours: Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat,
or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Orange Crush
(more info)


Poison Pie (detail)
2010, epoxy clay, wood, fabric,
acrylic paint, flocking, 18 x 14 x 15 inches

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