The evolution of ecologically explicit art in Miami based artist, Gretchen Scharnagl’s practice culminates in the exhibition, Terra Ephemera.
The work cannibalizes the mundane fragments of her own life, the remains of other lives, with a strong sense of place, while addressing timely environmental issues. The origins were the exploration of suburban backyards in South Florida, and the human and non-human residents’ impact and relationship to; each other, local ecosystems, and eventually our mutual home, Earth. The human made stuff that created a layer in Earth’s crust now evokes discourse, creates narrative, and unmasks anthropomorphic recognition.
During the opening reception on September 22nd, Scharnagl will present and perform The Eartha Pinata. The performance is the live batting and breaking of the Earth Piñata symbolizing our treatment of planet. The spilling of the plastic animals (plants and fungi) remains where it lands creating a new work of art while destroying the previous work of art.