Phoenix artist Mayme Kratz literally finds her inspiration in nature. Kratz encases found objects such as butterfly wings and cactus seeds in resin, effectively protecting them from decay.
I don't think about preserving the objects for posterity, but I do feel inclined to give them a new life, says Kratz, whose latest works are on display in her solo exhibit Pale Dreams at Lisa Sette Gallery. In one image, a mass of seedpods resembles blood as seen under a microscope. In another series, gathered grass is arranged like a birds nest.
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To get supplies for her works, Kratz collects natural objects while hiking Phoenix and the surrounding wilderness. The results are organized mounds of junk waiting to be turned into art. I do not always have piles of things, but sometimes the collecting gets excessive, says Kratz. I keep them around until it is clear what form they may want to take, or how they might express a longing.
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