Interdisciplinary. Community. Advocacy. Humor.
Natural Selection has an exterior structure resembling a greenhouse one might find at a botanical garden. Within it artist Hilary Pfeifer has arranged around 100 plant-like objects that she likens to Japanese bonsai, but bonsai that "suggest scenarios where plants can choose their mates the way humans can--a blend of natural instincts and intellect." Among her sources of inspiration, alluded to in the title, are "Darwin's writings pertaining specifically to plants, modern challenges to evolution theory, personal experience and art history." This miniaturized, teeming environment continues Pfeifer's "exploration of the ways that humans attempt to control nature, and in turn, nature finds a way to adapt or reassert itself, such as grass that grows in the cracks of a sidewalk or mildew that forms on an uninsulated wall behind a couch."
Portland artist Hilary Pfeifer has shown her work in galleries and museums worldwide, including the Museum of Contemporary Craft, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Fuller Craft Museum, and the Tacoma Art Museum. This exhibition was supported by grants or donations from many generous organizations including: the Oregon Arts Commission, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Puffin Foundation, the McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, the ReBuilding Center, and Velvet da Vinci Gallery.
Natural Selection runs through the month of January 2009.