BC Art Gallery exhibit contrasts beauty and danger in plants

BC Art Gallery exhibit contrasts beauty and danger in plants

Fri Aug 2, 2013


A new exhibition at the Brazosport College Art Gallery titled “Dangerous Beauty” is spotlighting the works of Houston-based artist, Katherine Rhodes Fields.

The exhibit, which includes 18 chalk and pastel drawings and 10 etchings, is based on the contrasting beauty and danger found in some plants. One example is the Oleander, an attractive, but deadly plant, which is common in southeast Texas.  

“This collection of images express the physical prowess of the plants and the idea of attraction and repulsion through a variation of art media,” Katherine said in a statement. “I focus on the visual elements that create an attraction to each plant, whether it is the alluring colors, the intoxicating shape of leaves or delicate line quality within the outline of the bloom that produces the seed that could rot the gut of a grazing cow in 15 minutes.

“The comparison I exhibit in these works is between the innate beauty in nature – physical as in the plants and human nature that desires to be surrounded by beautiful things – and the actuality of its toxicity,” she added. “While the images intentionally illustrate and glorify the toxic plants, the work relates to and contrasts with our base attraction to beautiful things, while as a whole body of work I use it to promote caution.”

“Dangerous Beauty” is currently on display at the Brazosport College Art Gallery and will continue through September 17, when the exhibit will conclude with an artist appearance at 1 p.m.

A native of Clinton, Mississippi, Katherine is currently a professor of art at Houston Community College. She also will teach AdvancedPrintmaking at the University of Houston-Clear Lake beginning fall 2013.


Pictured above: "Nerium Oleander," by Katherine Rhodes Fields. Artwork is chalk Chalk pastel and water soluble graphite