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Ai n Keshiki—Indigo Views by Rowland Ricketts. Photo: Rowland Ricketts.
Ai n Keshiki—Indigo Views by Rowland Ricketts. Photo: Rowland Ricketts.

"Ai n Keshiki—Indigo Views" by Rowland Ricketts. Photo: Rowland Ricketts.

Lauren Fensterstock at work on
Lauren Fensterstock at work on "The totality of time lusters the dusk." Photo: Luc Demers

Lauren Fensterstock at work on "The totality of time lusters the dusk." Photo: Luc Demers

Magnolia, from Debora Moore’s glass-and-stone Arboria series. Photo: Rozarii Lynch
Magnolia, from Debora Moore’s glass-and-stone Arboria series. Photo: Rozarii Lynch

"Magnolia," from Debora Moore’s glass-and-stone Arboria series. Photo: Rozarii Lynch

Timothy Horn installs
Timothy Horn installs "Girandole (Rain of Hot Stones)." Photo: Angela Carone/KPBS

Timothy Horn installs "Girandole (Rain of Hot Stones)." Photo: Angela Carone/KPBS

Forces of Nature

The Renwick Invitational honors contemporary craft

Forces of Nature - Together, nature and art can reframe perspectives, providing moments of release in troubled times.

“Forces of Nature,” the ninth rendition of the Renwick Gallery’s biennial showcase of craftsmanship, examines this powerful combination at just such a time, recognizing four artists whose work explores our ever-evolving relationship with the environment. The 2020 Invitational jury selected Lauren Fensterstock, who draws on decorative arts such as mosaic-making; Timothy Horn, whose work in bronze, glass and other media marries natural and manmade worlds; Debora Moore, who fashions extraordinary flowers and trees out of glass; and Rowland Ricketts, whose installations are made from handwoven textiles dyed with indigo he cultivates himself. “These artists look to nature in a variety of ways, seeing it as a guide, partner, adversary, ward or inspiration,” says exhibition curator Emily Zilber. “Craft’s complex relationship with the natural world can help us understand our place in the order of things.”

Forces of Nature - On view through June 27, 2021. americanart.si.edu

Note: After publication, the Renwick Gallery temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please check with the gallery before visiting.

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