Renee Adams

February 23 - March 31, 2018

Reclaim                                               

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.