motHER nature

January 2019- April 2019

SDAC is excited to bring you a group exhibition, celebrating the works of local Virginia women artists that showcases art inspired by nature and the changing environment. motHER nature is a show which both celebrates the beauty of nature and is a cautionary tale of our ever-changing environment. Works in this exhibition are inspired by the delicacies and intricacies of nature, while others bring to light issues such as animal extinction and the evolution of animals for efficiency. It is easy to take for granted the presence of these animals, plants and beautiful seas in our world, but with the visual storytelling of these artists we can take time to experience nature through her.

Thank you to the below local Virginia women artists for sharing their works with us and highlighting nature in all its beauty.


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Amelia Blair Langford

’The Heron’

Amelia Blair Langford is a professional and leading illustrator, designer, art teacher, muralist, and the creator of “The Treasure Hunt” project. Langford holds a BFA from VCUarts and her work has been recognized throughout the world from California to Germany. She has been in several solo and group exhibitions throughout the nation including: “Young & Artful”, Visual Art Center of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia and “Comic Art Anthology”, Suffolk Art Gallery, Suffolk, Virginia. Langford has been recognized for her professionalism and design work by RVA Mag, Richmond Times Dispatch, Quail Bell Magazine and The Anderson Independent. She was recognized as one of the top young artists in Richmond by the Visual Art Center of Richmond, and was recently named one of the top 22 people you should know in Richmond by the Richmond Times Dispatch’s 2017 Discover Magazine.

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Mimi King

’Nantmeal Mornings’

Mimi is a Richmond based artist, hailing from Southeastern Pennsylvania. After receiving her BA in Studio Art from the University of Richmond in 2015, Mimi settled in the Museum District. Her current work focuses on finding parallels between her close observation of light, shadow, and nature. Paying close attention to natural forms and processes offers insight to our future, reveals the crisis of our present, and roots us to our heritage. Observing light, shadow and nature while contemplating the changes in the environment has led to a habit of mindfulness in her studio practice. Through printmaking and drawing, Mimi explores reflection, introspection, and quietness.

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Nico Cathcart

’Long Eared Owl’

Nico is a painter, sign maker, and muralist hailing from Toronto, Ontario, who strives to discuss Feminism, Minority Empowerment, and Conservation in her highly-colorful works. Currently creating and adventuring in southern wilds of Richmond, VA, she works with the themes of empowerment, and conservation often. Her work has been shown in many galleries and museums throughout the continent, and she is an active national-level muralist, with work in the Richmond Street Art Festival, the Richmond Tattoo and Arts Festival, as well as many businesses and restaurants throughout the Richmond Metro area. Nico most recently co-curated and painted in the exhibition “Fresh Paint: Murals inspired by the story of Virginia”, on display now through April 21st, 2019 at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and “Glitter and Grit”, a feminist exhibition at Gallery 5. Recently her work was featured in the book “Murals of Richmond”.

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Danielle Freeman Jefferson

’Ubuntu: (I am because we are)’

Richmond, Virginia and Greensboro, North Carolina based sculptor and landscape architecture student, Danielle Freeman-Jefferson, has been refining her skills in wire sculpture for the last three years. Although there are a few acrylic pieces, Danielle focuses mainly on wire and accents such as dried acrylic, used encaustic, and old television parts. Danielle is passionate about social and environmental justice and is inspired by “natural technology”—that is, the presence of technology in the natural world. By better understanding and utilizing concepts such as biomimicry we can change the course of technological development for the benefit of animals (and people). For this body of work, Danielle decided to step away from the world of politics and activism, which she usually inhabits and focus more on the influence that nature and natural systems have had on the progression of human technologies.

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Ruth Newberry

’'Lost in Blue’

Ruth Newberry is an artist, designer and animator based in Richmond, Virginia. Echo&Flow is the brand under which she presents her evocative, abstract pieces that fall somewhere between sculpture and painting. She has developed a technique for forming delicate, handmade paper into sushi-like rolls. These rolls are then used to construct bold, meticulous and expressive designs that can take up to six months to complete. She has always been deeply fascinated by both the logical and the uncontrolled organic forms of the natural world and the patterns that continuously emerge as one biological entity reacts with another. However, she prefers to leave her exact inspirations up to interpretation. Her work moves between the botanical, aquatic, cosmic and even microscopic realms seamlessly. The flexibility and tactile nature of using paper as a medium is something that Ruth has always been drawn to. After a lifetime of creating in the digital realm, experiencing the feel and smell of something derived from the earth is at once grounding and satisfying.