Portia Munson

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MASS MoCA
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New Museum
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Portia Munson's world of flowers, plants, bones and creatures weave the natural world into magical mandala prints of blossoms and small animals while subtly addressing the artist's abiding interest in environmental issues. Munson’s digital scanning of her subjects is a meditative exercise in organizing the chaos of nature as its elements are caught at a moment in time. Choosing flowers that bloom that day in her garden, Munson creates intricate patterns of color and form that, according to Claire Lambe in Roll magazine, “although preserved through the magic of digital technology, are as ephemeral as sand paintings,” and as a reviewer for The New Yorker stated,“(have) a seductive luminosity; each floral element appears to emit light.”

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