To prepare for Room for Eden (To Ana) her sculptural, photographic, site-specific installation at the Frost Martinez-Cañas spent a month snapping pictures of dense woodlands in upstate New York.
The artist slightly manipulated the negatives and printed the photographs on newsprint, which she plastered floor to ceiling on three of the gallery walls and coated with beeswax, giving the images an aged sepia tone. She created an almost dreamy arbor of curly willow branches that reach out from the gallery walls, transporting the spectator to a haunting nature trail. Some of the branches are drying out, and others are green, suggesting organic growth in the meditative installation. An unoccupied child-scale chair sits in the middle of the room, sprouting branches, while an almost umbilical growth snakes from the wall to the seat.
Closeup of Maria Martinez-Cañas's Room for Eden (To
Through December 10
Frost Art Museum, FIU University Park Campus,
SW 107th Avenue and 8th Street, Miami;