Philadelphia artist Joan Wadleigh Curran creates detailed drawings of vegetation, often stumped and pruned tree trunks or weedy plant growth surrounded by worn, broken, or discarded fencing.
The drawings are vignettes of common city landscapes where nature has been shaped by urbanization. Beautifully composed and rendered, the staged tableaus often feature a central plant or grouping of plants framed by tendrils of fencing that undulate gracefully around its natural counterpart.
Whether natural or manmade, these seemingly opposing elements embody similar characteristics including their majestic pose, implied growth, and strength amidst adversity. Curran's drawings heighten our awareness of nature's ability to persist and adapt to its constantly changing environment.