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Renee Adams : Reclaim Opening Party

  • Phylogeny Contemporary 2718 Elliott Avenue Seattle, WA, 98121 United States (map)
Toadstool  ,  wood, found chair, epoxy clay, acrylic paint, flocking, dried moss, 31”x26”x24”,

Toadstool, wood, found chair, epoxy clay, acrylic paint, flocking, dried moss, 31”x26”x24”,

Fireweed,  inkjet print, 33”x22”,

Fireweed, inkjet print, 33”x22”,

Gas Plant,  inkjet print, 15”x22”, 

Gas Plant, inkjet print, 15”x22”, 


Renee Adams                                                   

Humanity’s imprint on nature is undeniable. Most scientists maintain we have now entered the Anthropocene, a term based on overwhelming global evidence that human activities are having a significant impact on all of the earth’s ecosystems. My work investigates the complicated relationship we have cultivated with the natural world, recognizing that our desire to control, covet, manage and exploit it has created a power struggle in which I believe nature will ultimately win. Through my work, I weave the historical relationship of human and planet with my environmental observations in an attempt to underscore our absolute reliance on the natural world while imagining new connections that might emerge.

My mixed media sculptures represent an artificial reality in which the wheels of evolution have surpassed the current day.  These works, within the context of natural selection, offer an escapist fairytale or a botanist’s fantasy where plants require little more than the trash of humankind to thrive. Lauding the resiliency and adaptability of life on earth, my works imagine a world in which plants are reclaiming their rightful home, adapting, evolving, and possibly even healing the woes of humankind.

Inspired by the flora and fauna that surrounds her home in the small, unincorporated town of Thorp, WA, Renee Adams creates delicate mixed-media sculptures and small-scale egg tempera paintings. As a founding member of PUNCH Gallery, an artist-run space in downtown Seattle, WA, she remains active in the regional art scene. She received a BFA in metalsmithing from Colorado State University in 1995 and an MFA in sculpture from Central Washington University in 1999.  


Living in rural central Washington, Renee puts her master gardener skills to work in her own backyard. She enjoys hunting for mushrooms and backpacking the woods of the Pacific Northwest, peppered with trips to explore cultures abroad. 


1999Master of Fine Arts - sculpture emphasis, Central Washington University - Ellensburg, WA 

1995Bachelor of Fine Arts - metalsmithing emphasis, Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO 




2016Peaceable Kingdom – Oak Hollow Gallery – Yakima, WA (with Justin Gibbens) 

2015Windows Alive - Window Installation – Jem Building, Yakima, WA 

2013Are we not drawn onward to new erA - PUNCH Gallery - Seattle, WA (with Justin Gibbens) 

Wonderland - The Brink - Missoula, MT (with Justin Gibbens) 

2011Peaceful Death and Pretty Flowers - PUNCH Gallery - Seattle, WA (with Justin Gibbens) 

2010Poison Pie - PUNCH Gallery - Seattle, WA 

2009Curious Species - Burien Arts Center - Burien, WA 

In Between - PUNCH Gallery - Seattle, WA (with Amber Stucke) 

2008Corsage - Swarm Gallery - Oakland, CA  

2007Under Fragile Skies - Palo Alto Art Center - Palo Alto, CA & PUNCH Gallery - Seattle, WA  

2004             Window Dressings - Tacoma Contemporary Woolworth Building - Tacoma, WA 

                           No Stone Unturned - Allied Arts Gallery - Yakima, WA 

Coming Round - Gallery Blue - Missoula, MT 

2003The Human Game - Gallery One - Ellensburg, WA 




2016Natural Causes - CASS Contemporary, Tampa, FL 

2015Metamorphosis - Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA
Seattle Art Fair, PUNCH Gallery Booth - Seattle, WA 

Aqua Art Fair, C Emerson Booth - Miami, FL
Mythology – Confluence Gallery, Twisp, WA 

Bellingham National - Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA - Juried by Scott Lawrimore
Wunderkammer – Foss Waterway Seaport, Tacoma, WA - Curated by Lisa Kinoshita 

Imaginature - Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA - Curated by Grant Barber 

2014Gallery One Staff & Resident Artist Exhibition - Gallery One - Ellensburg, WA 

2013Chamber Music - The Frye Art Museum - Seattle, WA – Curated by Scott Lawrimore 

Art on the Wall - Capital Theater - Yakima, WA  

2012                    Make Space - Steele Gallery, Gage Academy - Seattle, WA 

The Art of Seduction - Rouse Gallery - Howard Community College  - Columbia, MD - Curated by Gail M Brown 

                            Evolutionary Insights - Worth Ryder Gallery - UC Berkeley, CA 

From the Ground Up - Larson Gallery - Yakima, WA 

201110x10x10xTieton Juried Show - Mighty Tieton Warehouse - Tieton, WA  - Juror’s Award 

2010Call of the Wild - The Brink Gallery - Missoula, MT 

Country Cousins: An Exploration of Contemporary Frontier Myth - Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA  

2009Art Meets Math and Science - North Seattle Community College - Seattle, WA 

2008Aqua Wynwood - Miami, FL 

Nature Freak - Kirkland Art Center - Kirkland, WA  

Homegrown PUNCH Gallery - Seattle, WA  

Beyond Boundaries - Larson Gallery - Yakima, WA 

2007 A Feminine Mystique - Simon Edwards Gallery - Yakima, WA 

2006As the Crow Flies - Tacoma Contemporary Window Dressings - Woolworth Building - Tacoma, WA 

                            Creature Comforts - Gallery One - Ellensburg, WA 

Artist Trust Grant Recipients - Chase Gallery - Spokane, WA 

                            Round One - PUNCH Gallery - Seattle, WA 

                           Second Nature - Simon Edwards Gallery - Yakima, WA 




Earlier Event: February 23
Renee Adams : Reclaim
Later Event: March 31
Notes from the Studio : Renee Adams