Anne Miller’s photographs transform extracts of our everyday world into an explosion of abstract color. Drawing upon her interest in computing and photography, she reimagines fabricated objects and organic materials. Guided by shape, color and texture, Miller creates vivid works that invite the viewer to admire their beauty and contemplate their complexity.
Anita Rama’s imagery reflects the beauty and connection that she feels with the natural world. For this project, Rama honed in on the details of individual cactus plants. Focusing on color, shape, and water marks, she engaged in an intimate conversation with her subjects and created a series of abstract images that provide a remarkably aquatic vision of the desert landscape.
Henry Paine has been influenced strongly by the black and white photography of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Brett Weston, but it was Don Worth’s stunning images of succulent and other plants that he first saw in 1973 that opened his eyes to their beauty. Since that time he has been fascinated with photographing plants himself. In 1980 he began making yearly trips to the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA where he spent many hours primarily in the Desert Garden with occasional forays into the more lush areas of Huntington Estate.
Growing up in Jerry Takigawa’s family, when anyone spoke of camp, they weren’t referring to a pine-scented summer retreat; they were referring to the WWII American concentration camps sanctioned by Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. Enlisting memory, old family photographs, and the history of the Japanese American diaspora, Takigawa gained a new appreciation for the struggles his family endured. Balancing Cultures represents his personal expression and interpretation of the emotions, insights, and deep collective acceptance of the political and social injustices unexpressed by his immigrant grandparents and American-born parents. In Balancing Cultures, he interprets how it felt to endure economic loss, the pain of prejudice and imprisonment, and the repercussions of re-integration into post-war America.
A mandala is a geometric configuration of symbols, images or shapes. Various spiritual practitioners employ mandalas as a guidance tool to focus their attention, to establish sacred spaces and as an aid for meditation and trance induction. In “New Age”, the mandala is a diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically: a time-microcosm of the universe. It originally represented wholeness and a model for the organizational structure of life itself; a cosmic diagram that shows the relation to the infinite and the world that extends beyond and within minds and bodies (source: Wikipedia).