Terry Arena has spent most of her life in Southern California in areas rich in agriculture. This and her concern for health with our radically changing food culture has influenced Arena’s drawings to be a consideration of ideas of seasonality, genetically modified organisms, homemade meal preparations, and most recently, the plight of bees.
One of the artist’s most recent projects, Symbiotic Crisis, deals with the plight of the bees and the ancillary effects on the environment and society. The first three iterations of this project were shown in the back of a box truck turned in to a mobile viewing gallery and driven to art areas in Los Angeles or to events by request. The mobile truck gallery was done to reference the transporting of the bees nationwide to pollinate crops. Working within the tradition of still life, Arena draws on prepared metal surfaces with graphite and installs the drawings in clusters reminiscent of bee swarms.
During her residency at CAM Studio Gallery from March 16- June 10, 2017, Arena plans to continue her ongoing project by making new works to expand upon Symbiotic Crisis and the Feed series, both of which look at the plight of the bees. Additionally she hopes to explore the development of several ideas, such as an erasing installation and a sculptural installation. Her sculptural exploration will revolve around the cloche glass jars that house her drawing subjects and will further engage in a world-wide project called” An Artist Residency in Motherhood”. Visitors are encouraged to visit Arena’s on-going work on these projects which will culminate in an exhibit and reception later in the spring. Terry Arena may be seen at work in the CAM Studio on Thursdays and Fridays generally from 11am – 5pm.
Friday, May 19
5:30- 7:30 pm
CAM Studio Gallery