It’s easy to forget we live in an incredibly beautiful place. Let SLOMA’s new show, Re-Imagined Landscapes, reveal a fresh appreciation for California’s magnificent splendor. Two new contemporary landscape artists, Carol Paquet and Phoebe Brunner, are happy to take this trip with you.
As a third generation Californian, Phoebe Brunner spent a large part of her childhood on a 15,000-acre coastal cattle ranch—one of the original Spanish Land Grant ranchos—near Santa Barbara. Her fondest memories include roaming alone on horseback for hours and hours, up and down the canyons, seeing the land go on forever from the ridge tops. Her collection, El Cielito, is a surreal, unorthodox take on those dreamy childhood landscapes.
Carol Paquet was born in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) to a British father and a South African mother, and moved to South Africa at the age of 9. She spent years living abroad, making her home in Cape Town, Munich, London, Toronto, and Oakland. She now resides in Arroyo Grande, but Africa remains a continual source of inspiration to her. The recurring element found throughout her collection The Ground Beneath My Feet comes in the form of a discarded plastic bag, through which Paquet opens a visual conversation about the discord between the natural world and industry.
The show runs through Sept. 20. The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is located at 101 Broad Street in downtown SLO. For more information, visit sloma.org.