Throughout the years nature has remained an enduring source of artistic inspiration. With a garden of my own to care for, I have become increasingly aware of the cyclical rhythms in the natural world. I am particularly fascinated by the unique and often strange ways plants manage to insure their reproduction in a hostile environment. In my material applications I attempt to mirror the slow cumulative processes of nature. My multi-layered surfaces are the result of the observation of the way in which seemingly small and insubstantial matter can slowly coalesce into a solid and enduring form. The development of seed pods, the formation of crystals, the sediment of a river bottom, are all examples of the processes I hope to emulate.

Shelley Gardner