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Untitled detail (California Native Plants) by Christine Nguyen

Untitled detail (California Native Plants), 2014

Christine Nguyen

A hand-drawn fantasy mountain range is superimposed over an abstract nature-inspired backdrop that subliminally suggests the night sky. A mythic animal shape seems to be creeping up the surface of the central spire, recalling the ancient marks of cave artists. This gauzy narrative simultaneously suggests the deep past and possible futures. The artist refers to science, nature and the cosmos in both her themes and her process: the crystalline droplets overlaying the surface are salt, the 19th century cyanotype background uses California native plants, and the composition combines hand-drawn forms and spray paint. The result is an organic prism that traverses micro- and macrocosmic worlds.

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