Congratulations to Frostic School of Art Photography and Intermedia BFA major and Environmental Sciences minor Rebecca Brand for her awarded $3,500 Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Gordon Art Fellowship. Rebecca received this fellowship to work for three months at the institute in Hastings, Michigan on a project entitled, Near Nature, which will illustrate the cautionary visual similarities between organic and inorganic materials.
Brand says, "In many circumstances it is hard for people to decipher what is natural and what is synthetic. This project seeks to encourage viewers and visitors to become more aware of the natural world by asking them to consider what may and may not be a natural experience. In Near Nature, I propose to photograph artificial life with nature by offsetting synthetic flowers, plants, and fruits in natural environments as a way to show the relationship between the natural and unnatural." She also focuses on the human consumption of pesticides.
Brand also proposed an exhibit to include fifteen of her 20" x 30" flush mounted color photographs. Near Nature will commence this summer and culminate in a curated exhibit of the same name in October 2011 at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts DeVries Gallery at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.