Nature^2 - Victoria Fuller Examines the Natural World
VICTORIA FULLER, EXAMINES THE NATURAL WORLD AT PACKER SCHOPF GALLERY
Victoria Fuller’s sculpture explores nature from all angles – underground, above ground, outer space and inner space. In an exhibition at Packer Schopf Gallery, Fuller offers a multilayer investigation of environmental systems. Aptly titled Nature², Fuller’s sculptures alternately depict organic and manmade structures, illustrating both nature’s abundance and the dire consequences of human interference. Figurative representations of untouched flora and fauna juxtapose ecological carelessness and exploitation. For example, the hibernating chipmunks of Deep Down starkly contrast Factory Farm’s caged chickens. Viewed as a collection, Fuller’s artwork simultaneously examines nature’s inherent harmony and the human tendency to control it.
Nature² marks a departure in Fuller’s artwork. While prior sculpture re-appropriated common, manufactured objects to subtly reveal environmental motifs, the Nature² collection interprets the natural world via more literal construction. Direct depictions of organic elements - whether among earth and grass or human-implemented industrial piping – allow Fuller to investigate systems impacted by man’s activity in a widely-understandable manner. Though distinct, Fuller’s newer sculpture remains interconnected with her found object-based artwork. Each body of work informs the other, fully illuminating the universal experience of life on earth.
Victoria Fuller is a Chicago sculptor, painter, natural science illustrator and GNSI member who has exhibited in galleries, museums, and public spaces across the United States. She has been awarded projects from corporate and community organizations such as Disney’s ESPN Zone, St. Louis’ Arts in Transit, and Seattle’s Sound Transit for whom she recently completed a 35’ bronze sculpture, Global Garden Shovel. Fuller is best known for Shoe of Shoes, a large shoe-shaped public sculpture comprised of thousands of aluminum high-heels in front of Brown Shoe Company.
Nature² is open to the public from June 6 through July 12, 2014 with an opening reception Friday, June 6, 5:00-8:00PM. It is presented in the upstairs exhibition room at Packer Schopf Gallery.