Provocative Student Art Show

Black Widow by Man-Ting Chan ’11

“Plantinimis,” a collection of provocative and symbolic works by students in a senior visual art seminar, taught by Lee Burns, professor of art, ranges widely in media and materials. In addition to the nature themes, ingredients from nature—coffee, sticks, dirt and wood—are often used cleverly in the works, as if in attempt to preserve the very materials that they suggest are being threatened.

If some of the depictions of nature—and the human destruction of nature—in an exhibition of student art works on campus are interpreted as portending future scenarios, the outlook could be grim.

Images of death overlay picturesque landscapes. Trees of wire and circuit board take root and grow. Arms and fingers of corroded metal creep across the floor. Withered thorns and rotted branches populate stark, macabre woods.

Read the full story and see a slide show of “Plantinimis” on The Gate