NARA collective presents ROOTS - an exhibit of Maude Tanswai’s work and a series of original collage and poetry pairings by NARA collective

Maude Tanswai explores the elements of being through miniature, intricately detailed drawings and paintings, invoking the miracles and wilderness of the human body and mind. Woven throughout her work is the interplay between topographical and biological landscapes, limbic branches and labyrinths of fibers and flora — giving form to the invisible roots of our nature and the light source of our being.

The series of collages by NARA collective co-founder Ashley Edes are a reflection of an inner journey over the past two years. Surrendering to her subconscious, Edes reconnected with the creator within – unveiling union between body and spirit.

NARA collective co-founder, Sabrina Y. Smith’s poetry encapsulates spirit into words, bridging the ethereal into reality. For ROOTS, Sabrina has translated the visual form of Ashley Edes’ collages into a lyrical language.

Maude Tanswai, Prescience Triptych, 2015, Ink on black board, 5 x 7 in (I/III)

Ashley Edes, Sacred Union, 2018, Analog collage paired with poetry by Sabrina Y. Smith-Morgan
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The Chambered Nautilus, 201016mm B&W film transferred to video, 3:47 

"I'm really interested in creating these spaces that are neither here nor there. They could be the realm of dreams, or deaths - spaces that exist somewhere between reality and illusion. There are references to theater, memory and many layers, openings, doorways or screens where you see something beyond, on the other side." – Vanessa Woods, collage artist based in SF.

The Chambered Nautilus explores the idea of the Nautilus as a metaphor for the creation, transformation and the evolution of life. In nature, the nautilus shell grows in a spiral shape and consists of a series of ever-larger chambers in which that animal lives for a season until it outgrows that particular space. The Nautilus then enlarges its shell by the addition of a new chamber, suitable for the next stage of its life. Drawing from Oliver Holmes’ poem of the same name, The Chambered Nautilus is an animated underwater film in which objects continually transform, dissolve and evolve. Created from over 100 original photograms, and hundreds of nineteenth century collage elements, this 16mm film is entirely handmade.
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Slide Show by Rudy Perez featuring selection of works by Coco Fronsac:

Autoportrait, de la série Autoportrait au(x) Masque(s), 2015Ambrotype by Michal Sitkiewicz and Pawl Sokolowski 

Masque Yup’k, de la série Autoportrait au(x) Masque(s), 2016Ambrotype by Michal Sitkiewicz and Pawl Sokolowski 

Minute, papillon ! , de la série Chimères et Merveilles, 2015Gouache on Vintage Photograph

La poule bleue aux oeufs d’or,  d’or, 2015Gouache on Vintage Photograph

Through collage, carving, painting, weaving, coloring and juxtaposition,  Parisian artist Coco Fronsac plays with our vision of time and our relationship to the other in order to transport us into a new reality; a reality that is fluctuating, alive, abstract.