Joan Backes: Falling Leaves and Painted Branches

August 7, 2015 - July 24, 2016

Milwaukee-born artist Joan Backes is acutely aware of her natural surroundings. She applies her focused attention to detail and sensitivity to materials to the study of trees, both in part and in whole. This exhibition marries the natural color, shape, and pattern of leaves and branches with human interference as Backes arranges found leaves and branches into graceful and compelling vignettes for RAM’s Windows on 5th Gallery.

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From the exhibition, Joan Backes: Falling Leaves and Painted Branches Photography: Courtesy of the Artist
From the exhibition, Joan Backes: Falling Leaves and Painted Branches Photography: Courtesy of the Artist
From the exhibition, Joan Backes: Falling Leaves and Painted Branches Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
From the exhibition, Joan Backes: Falling Leaves and Painted Branches Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
From the exhibition, Joan Backes: Falling Leaves and Painted Branches Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
 
This exhibition in RAM’s Windows on Fifth Gallery is made possible by Platinum Sponsors – Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors – Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, Racine Community Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc.; Silver Sponsors – Racine County, Racine United Arts Fund, Real Racine, Runzheimer Foundation, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors – EC Styberg Foundation, Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, Modine Manufacturing Foundation, The Norbell Foundation, Orkney Springs Retreat, Polyform Products, Inc., Ruud Family Foundation, Inc., Wisconsin Public Radio.