Elsa Mora: “Femina Plantarum”
Pan American Art Projects is very pleased to announce the beginning of the 2012 / 2013 art season with exhibitions by Cuban-American artists Carlos Estevez and Elsa Mora. In this two - person show each artist is individually exploring his/her own ideas of transformation.
In this exhibition Elsa Mora is showing her most recent series, Femina Plantarum. Inspired by nature, and partially based on the long tradition of botanical illustration, Mora takes passages from the natural world as similes for stages in human life. She is exploring the concept of transformation from a symbiotic point of view, blending vegetation and humans. Her distinctive ‘women’ are created with mixed elements from both worlds; her female torsos have either faces constructed of groupings of birds, or arrangements of flowers for heads resulting in extraordinary surrealistic creatures.
This series introduces a new phase in her work, which had always touched upon autobiographical themes. In this instance she is making reference to a personal transformation, illustrated through her hybrid beings.