Alexandra Bowers' heart is in wood. The artist works with the medium, burning it, to convey the friction between natural elements and urban sprawl. On panels she reveals plant specimens, topographic lines, and animal skulls.
"I am continually fascinated, yet saddened by the resiliency native plants and animals are forced to demonstrate in order to live within the altered landscape we have developed around them," Bowers writes. "By observing the connections between the areas I associate with my own home and the homes of what naturally grew before it, I am concentrating on specimens and the places where our paths cross."
The products of her observation and expression are currently on view in the aptly title exhibition "Crossed Paths." See it from 5 to 9 p.m. at Eye Lounge, 419 East Roosevelt Street, on Friday, August 9. The free show remains on view in the west gallery through August 11. See www.eyelounge.com or call 602-430-1390.