Anatomy of a Future Forest by Kirsten Stolle in main art  Category

Kirsten Stolle is showing new works this month at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery inSan Francisco in her show, Anatomy of a Future Forest, which runs through March 27th.

For the past 18 months, Stolle has been taking on the role of a future naturalist and documentarian:  discovering, cataloging and visually recording potential new generations of flora. Continuing to develop her contemporary vision of an odd, unsettling, and sometimes humorous account of the future, she visually explores the issue of climate change and its potential ramifications on plant life. Stolle asks:

With the continuing ecological impact of climate change, the steady deforestation of native species, and the disturbance of our global ecosystem, how will plant life adapt? Will they mutate into a new variety in order to sustain life? Will heartier plant communities swallow up more vulnerable ones and ultimately change their genetic composition?

Above, from left to right: Abacus Pennaceo, 2009; Spinaeum Propello, 2009; Cruris Constrictum, 2009, all 30″ x 22″, wax, oil, acrylic, graphite, collage on ragboard.