DEEPENING ROOTS: A new exhibition at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Artist Ashley Cecil Highlights Our Bonds to the Botanical World in New Exhibition at Phipps Conservatory

Now through March 17 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, artworks from my latest artist residency are on display. The exhibition, Deepening Roots: Our Growing Connections to the Botanical World, highlights the essential roles plants play in the lives of all humans, from the clothes on our backs, the frames of our homes, the food on our plates and much more.

This exhibition explores six of these deep bonds we share with the botanical world, some familiar and some unexpected. These “plant profiles” are the result of my six months at Phipps, which allowed me to explore ways plants support and enhance human well-being. The most profound examples became the subjects of my paintings, which I translated into patterns and then overlaid with silhouettes of inspiring individuals whose work embodies that connection, from a food security advocate to a nature-inspired material scientist.

The exhibition catalogue details each painting and highlights the entrepreneurs, scientists, land stewards and more who are harnessing the plants’ botanical benefit.

Mark your calendar for March 7 to celebrate nature with me and the painting subjects during an artist talk and closing reception for the exhibit:

Thursday, March 7, 2019
5:30 PM, Artist Talk at the Biophilia: Pittsburgh meeting
Café Phipps (at the main entrance)

7-9 PM, Closing Reception
Phipps’ Welcome Center Gallery (at the main entrance)

Attendance is free, although reservations are required — to register for one or both portions of the evening, please email biophilia@phipps.conservatory.org.


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