A Fox and Flowering Plants in “The Four Seasons of Flora and Spice”

About The Work

Renee Fox’s artworks are influenced by native coastal plants of southern California and the rainforest of Costa Rica. Budding plants and seedlings convey a surreal sexualization. The classically trained artist’s drawings and paintings are delicate, seem weightless and sylph-like. Foxʼs line work has the precision of a choreographed ballerina. Fox attended Corcoran College of Art and Design and Otis College of Art and Design. She is Gallery Director of the Beacon Arts Building.

-excerpt from the press release for The Four Seasons of Flora and Spice

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In The Artist’s Words

Pseudo-copulation Series (Southern California Seasons)

Southern California is said to have no seasons, but those of us who call this home experience subtle differences. So subtle in fact that flowering plants can be seen year-round, the presence of which characterize each season. The intimate relationships of four seasonal species of Southern California flowering plants and their pollinators in these paintings play out characteristics of subtle climatic changes against the softly shifting colors of the LA sky.

Winter | Pansy/ “Viola” are most efficiently pollinated by bumble-bees as the tongues of the pollinating insects are long enough to reach the nectar deep inside the spur of the pretty flowers.

Spring | Protea grows near or at ground level, often hidden beneath dense overlying foliage and produce a sucrose high, carbohydrate rich nectar with a yeast-like odor which attracts hungry small mammals like mice which are known to forage in the heads of the flowers.

Summer | Bird of Paradise Flower” / “Strelitzia” in their native South Africa are typically pollinated by Sunbirds which use the spathe as a perch when visiting the flowers; the weight of the bird on thespathe opens it to release the pollen onto the bird’s feet, which is then deposited on the next flower it visits. The official flower of the City of Los Angeles, the California Bird of Paradise flower can only seed with human assistance. The tiny native hummingbird does his best with the robust flower, but in typical LA fashion, their relationship is only artificial.

Fall | Passiflora/ “Passion Flower” or “Passion Vine,” leaves are used as food plants by the larva of a number of Butterflies, the parents of which pollinated the plants by laying their eggs. To prevent the butterflies from laying too many eggs on any single plant, some passion flowers bear small colored nubs which resemble the butterflies’ eggs and seem to fool them into believing that more eggs have already been deposited on a plant than actually is the case.

-Renee Fox

Where to See the Art

Los Angeles, CA – The Loft at Liz’s announces The Four Seasons of Flora and Spice, a group exhibition which takes us thru the seasons turning the loft space into a veritable garden of flora, citrus blends, and spices. Works in the exhibition comprise a variety genres and excellent craftsmanship by artists who have received critical acclaim, having shown at national and international venues. Many of the works are a celebration of the continuum of life.Curated by Charity Burnett and Liz Gordon. FEATURING ORIGINAL WORKS BY: Sharon Bell, Alison Foshee, Bob Francis, Renee Fox, Lynda Pizzuto, Karen Sikie, Mike Street, Sharon Suhovy, Ruth Trotter, Jane Park Wells, Lori Zimmerman.

Attend the Artist Talk

Artist Panel Discussion – Saturday June 16th – 1:30pm to 3pm | Exhibit featured through Tuesday June 26, 2012

The Loft at Liz’s
453 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036 | (323) 939-4403 ext. 6

The Loft at Lizs Website

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