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Alexandra Gjurasic: Paintings on Display
May 1, 2016 - May 31, 2016| Free
The art of Alexandra Gjurasic will be on display throughout the month of May during regular library hours.
Artist Statement: My art is a direct reflection of my affinity with the natural world. The unique and strange flora of the Sonoran Desert provides me with endless inspiration. To me the crested saguaro (or cristate) is the beautiful mutant of the Sonoran Desert. Crested saguaros occur when cells in the stem of the cactus mutate and begin to divide outward growing in both unexpected and unusual ways.
I seek out these anomalies in the environment by off-roading and hiking to find them. Then I make sketches and take photographs that I work from for my paintings. Though some may see a crested saguaro as a monstrosity I see their rare asymmetrical forms as divine. Like the indigenous Tohono O’odham people I too find a spiritual connection with the saguaro. Blooming flowers and ripening fruits become visionary symbols for the themes of birth, life, death and rebirth that are explored in my paintings. I bring cacti into their essential forms, colors, and patterns with the intention of creating a vibration that gifts the observer with an elevated sense of the unseen world. Learn more: alexandragjurasic.com