Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sharon Bladholm: Flora and Fauna
October 16th, 2009
Closing: February 27th, 2010
Sharon Bladholm has pursued her artistic vision through the steady acquisition and command of a variety of disciplines, including cast glass, bronze, and ceramic in the sculptural realm, as well as stained glass, printmaking and works on paper. The recurring theme in Bladholm’s work is the interface of people with the natural world, integrating the sciences of anthropology with biology and botany from the plant world. She has participated on expeditions with the Field Museum and Conservation International to the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazon, documenting the life ways of the Yanomami people through her art, and exploring conservation of endangered plant and animal species in isolated communities.She has run Opal Glass Studios since 1983 and continues to complete many important commissions and show her work in galleries and museums, as well as creating public art such as installations at the Garfield Park Conservatory, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bordeaux, FranceSuite Home Chicago, Amazon Rising the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bordeaux, FranceShe also recently completed a commission of bronze scultptural works and stained glass for a permanent exhibit the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, "Mysteries of the Marsh.