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Penelope Stewart, MFA 2007, Artist in Residence at Ganna Walska Lotusland

January 31, 2013  by: Dom

Penelope Stewart

Multi-disciplinary artist Penelope Stewart, MFA 2007, will be Artist in Residence at Ganna Walska Lotusland, Montecito, California, during February 2013


In 2011 Pavilion Gallery was established on the estate with a mandate to exhibit the work of contemporary artists whose work drew inspiration from the natural world. For the 2013 season the gallery will host a group exhibition entitled Swarm: A Collaboration With Bees that considers our relationship with pollinators and specifically bees.

As part of this curatorial initiative Lotusland has invited Penelope Stewart to be Artist in Residence during the month of February 2013. Stewart is known for her large sensory beeswax architectures and while in residence she will create a new architecture inspired by the gardens. After Stewart’s first visit to Lotusland in October 2012, the artist identified for her project three key words to describe her initial response – Excess, Accumulation, and Transformation. This new beeswax architecture with its fragrant wax and dynamic interpretation aims to invigorate our collective imagination of place and our relationship with pollinators. Further it will facilitate unique combinations of art and architecture, social action and individual expression.

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