From Nature: Contemporary Artists and Organic Materials

February 17 - July 7, 2019

From Nature features primarily objects—sculptural, functional, and wearable—that incorporate items from the natural world as a means to explore materials and a way to investigate a variety of social, personal, environmental, and cultural issues. RAM’s collection, with its emphasis on contemporary craft, offers a unique platform for this conversation as so much of the work is built is from organically-based media such as wood, paper, and clay. The works included here emphasize the natural as a found object—perhaps manipulated, but not in a way that dramatically disguises the source. Elements such as feathers, stones, shells, twigs, and hair play structural, metaphorical, or decorative roles in these artworks created during the last few decades.