An exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) presents the work of 20 contemporary women artists whose work investigates nature and the environment. “Organic Matters,” which closes in mid-September, is the fourth installment of the NMWA’s biennial “Women to Watch” exhibition, which enlists an international network of “outreach committees” to nominate and support artists for participation in the show.
In “Organic Matters,” the work of photographers such as Rachel Sussman, Ysabel LeMay, Laura Shipley and Italian duo Goldschmied & Chiari are displayed alongside pieces by artists working in other media. Sussman’s work documents the oldest living organisms in the world. Shipley investigates the haunting natural phenomena of the Ozark Mountains through landscape images. LeMay composites hundreds of photos of flora and fauna together to create her “hypercollage” images. And Goldschmied & Chiari’s images, from their “Nympheas” series, depict colorful flowers constructed by the artists from plastic bags floating in Italy’s Tiber River.
“The artists highlighted in ‘Organic Matters’ build upon and expand the pre-existing conceptualizations of women’s relationship with nature by actively investigating the natural world—to fanciful and sometimes frightful effect,” noted NMWA associate curator Virginia Treanor in a statement about the exhibition. “Collectively, their work addresses modern society’s complex relationship with the environment, ranging from concern for its future to fear of its power.”
“ORGANIC MATTERS! WOMEN TO WATCH”
Through September 13, 2015
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005