Monumental Plants Nourish and Flourish in Adele Renault’s Lush Paintings

the side of a building covered in a mural of green leaves

All images © Adele Renault, shared with permission

Nature walks are Adele Renault’s main source of inspiration. Spending her time between Los Angeles and Brussels, the artist (previously) encounters varying landscapes that catalyze her practice. While the rugged urban terrain of southern California bolsters desert plants and palms, the Belgian countryside bears lush vegetation and thickets of trees. Renault likes to connect her subjects with the environments she thrives in, explaining, “the flora become a metaphor for the people, both native and nonnative, who inhabit a city, enrich its cultural assemblage, and share in a collective consciousness.”

Placing a magnifying glass over small details that are often overlooked, Renault depicts transient features such as the intricate texture of leafy specimens, the protruding prickles of flowering cacti, and the way the the sunlight hits dense tufts of grass in the forest. She’s passionate about plants and appreciative of these minutia. “It’s a very nourishing subject. You can live with plants, eat plants, talk to plants, learn from plants and paint plants all your life,” she shares. “And that way, I’m sure you’ll live a happy life.”

Nowadays, Renault spends more time in her studio, leaving the larger walls for the next generation of muralists. The artist has some exciting projects coming up with galleries in Los Angeles and Brussels, so follow her on Instagram and visit her website to keep tabs on those works.

the side of a building covered in a mural of green foliage

the side of a building displaying a cacti mural

the side of a building covered in a mural of green foliage

a triptych of cacti

the side of a building covered in a mural of green leaves

a wall inside of a building displaying a cacti mural

a triptych of cacti

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Megan Bogonovich’s Exuberant Ceramic Sculptures Find Joy in Coexistence

In vibrant colors, bulbous, protruding cylindrical forms with spiky and bumpy textures resemble floral motifs such as flowers, fungi, branches, and stems.

All images © Grace Cooper Dodds, shared with permission

Protruding in a meandering fashion like tree branches or the sprawling overgrowth of flowering vines, the flamboyant botanical sculptures that sprout from Megan Bogonovich’s Norwich studio capture the wondrous moments of when “bucolic tips over into batty.”

Her workspace is tucked in a wooded area, leaving Bogonovich constantly surrounded by lush landscapes. “When I look around my neighborhood this time of year,” she says, “nature seems so verdant and powerful. I think the fragility of the material and the quantity of sculptures have mirrored the natural world in the way that plants are abundant, but vulnerable and highly pluckable.”

Bogonovich’s sculptures (previously) embody the delicate relationship between humans and the environment. Fascinated by nature’s ability to adapt to human presence, she sculpts cylindrical structures that twist and turn in different directions, perhaps implying the irregularity of the landscapes that her superempirical organisms might thrive in. Spiky and bumpy textures cover vibrant surfaces, emphasizing the idiosyncrasies of repetition and pattern that are so prevalent in organic forms.

Though each sculpture exists “in the realm of exuberance and glee,” she adds, “I know people see a sinister undercurrent, and that is definitely true of the work.” In a world so apprehensive toward shifting climates, invasive species, and future existence altogether, the artist’s ceramic iterations offer a feeling of bountiful pleasure.

Bogonovich just finished a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and you can find more work on her Instagram and website.

In vibrant colors, bulbous, protruding cylindrical forms with spiky and bumpy textures resemble floral motifs such as flowers, fungi, branches, and stems.

In vibrant colors, bulbous, protruding cylindrical forms with spiky and bumpy textures resemble floral motifs such as flowers, fungi, branches, and stems.

In vibrant colors, bulbous, protruding cylindrical forms with spiky and bumpy textures resemble floral motifs such as flowers, fungi, branches, and stems.

In vibrant colors, bulbous, protruding cylindrical forms with spiky and bumpy textures resemble floral motifs such as flowers, fungi, branches, and stems.

In vibrant colors, bulbous, protruding cylindrical forms with spiky and bumpy textures resemble floral motifs such as flowers, fungi, branches, and stems.

In vibrant colors, bulbous, protruding cylindrical forms with spiky and bumpy textures resemble floral motifs such as flowers, fungi, branches, and stems.

In vibrant colors, bulbous, protruding cylindrical forms with spiky and bumpy textures resemble floral motifs such as flowers, fungi, branches, and stems.

In vibrant colors, bulbous, protruding cylindrical forms with spiky and bumpy textures resemble floral motifs such as flowers, fungi, branches, and stems.

In vibrant colors, bulbous, protruding cylindrical forms with spiky and bumpy textures resemble floral motifs such as flowers, fungi, branches, and stems.

In vibrant colors, bulbous, protruding cylindrical forms with spiky and bumpy textures resemble floral motifs such as flowers, fungi, branches, and stems.

In vibrant colors, bulbous, protruding cylindrical forms with spiky and bumpy textures resemble floral motifs such as flowers, fungi, branches, and stems.

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