Zoe Farmer: Mimicry and Immersion (2019)

Mimicry and Immersion: What biology has to teach us

October 5 – December 21, 2019

SFArtsED Gallery @ Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota Street (@ 24th Street)

Opening reception: 6-8pm, Saturday, October 5

Gallery hours: 11am-4pm, Tuesday-Saturday

First Saturday hours: 11am-8pm October 5, November 2, December 7

From artist Zoe Farmer:

“I am a collector and a maker. I work with natural sculptural forms and organic materials as a way to mimic, preserve and connect to the natural world. My process is varied. I make molds and use photography as a way to replicate and preserve things of interest. I dissect and reassemble plants, seeds, insects, and animals into hybrid sculptures and enjoy discovering the macro forms of a deconstructed seed, feather or animal. This process of play and experimentation provides a reassuring narrative for me of the interconnectedness of everything.

Repetition and multiples have become a way for me to work with and involve the wider community and create immersive installations that explore phenomenal gatherings in nature, whether these be celebratory gatherings of diversity or an examination of the disconnect occurring with some so called “invasive” species that are blooming as a result of climate change.

I am interested in what biology has to teach us about collaboration, reconnecting and interconnecting to each other and nature through the processes of making.”

Zoe Farmer is SFArtsED’s first artist-in-residence at Minnesota Street Project. Her residency begins with an exhibition of her work and will continue through July 2020 with workshops, talks, community art-making, and a concluding show featuring visual art and devised performance by her students.

The residency is funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Sam Mazza Foundation.