Floating Animal Art Show & Gallery at Wander North Georgia
Join the folks at Wander North Georgia on Saturday, May 25th art show, gallery and reception for Floating Animal. Julie Best is a talented painter, artist, close friend, and member of our team here at Wander and we are excited to showcase her latest series of 9 paintings.
Julie is a multidisciplinary artist with a Bachelors in Fine Art in Painting from the State University of New York, including a one-year exchange at Hunter College. She also earned a Masters in Fine Art from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work encompasses a broad range of artistic disciplines, including digital storytelling, music videos, animation, commissioned work, and fine art. She recently won the “Most Outstanding Applicant” fellowship from Silicon Valley’s Founders Institute for their Creativity/Entrepreneurial Program.
This series of 9 paintings explore the combination of the words “floating animal”, with more explorations anticipated. The artist is currently most interested in man’s unique ability to extend himself through the creation of technologies (all human artifacts/media) and how this impacts man’s connection/disconnection with the natural world.
This first exploration offers a literal conception of the phrase “floating animal”; wild animals floating within their native environment. The paintings are intended to evoke a reverence for the non-human creatures that inhabit and depend on the health of ecosystems that are dependent on the choices of humanity, (and its technologies).
The animals are elevated as superior or suspended as perilously disconnected. Thus, the paintings can be read as charming, whimsical tributes, and/or haunting warnings that beg humanity to protect the delicate environments that it shares with non-human creatures. Regardless of subjective interpretation, the animals are to always be respected and, if the artist’s intention is successful, revered.