We are pleased to announce Blanche Nettles Powers first solo exhibition at the Kim Foster Gallery.
Tillandsia usneoides (Spanish moss) is a defining element of the landscape of coastal Georgia, where the artist resides. The plant’s propensity to flourish in humid climates makes Spanish moss unique to the Southeastern states, and identified with Southern folklore. Spanish moss proliferates primarily on Live Oak trees. However, winds and birds carry clumps of moss to unexpected places. Patio furniture, outdoor grills, cars, fences, telephone wires, side walks, and swimming pools, all become home to Spanish moss, at least for a while.
Fascinated by this profuse and mysterious flowering plant and its relation to Southern identity, Powers began to photograph and collect moss to study in her studio. Tillandsia Usneoides, an exhibition of abstract drawings and paintings, is a culmination of numerous months of examining and experimenting. The resulting body of work has an eerie, supernatural quality which is vaguely reminiscent of Southern gothic literature.
Powers has long associated her paintings with nature. This connection stems from her childhood spent navigating rivers of Savannah. She currently resides along the Wilmington River where Live Oaks are plentiful and Spanish moss is abundant.
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