Release Date: April 17, 2014
For Full Bloom, Tarantino was inspired by the rich history and lush plant life of BBG’s Children’s Garden, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Referencing BBG’s archives, the artist selected plants grown by both the first group of children gardeners in 1914 and 2014’s. She then hand-drew each plant–including carrots, beets, radishes, and sunflowers–depicting cellular structures as well as fully realized forms and root systems. Using an abstraction technique Tarantino has been employing in her recent work, the drawings were next digitally traced and laser-cut into paper painted in colors referring to the plants depicted.
In Growth Chart (2014), the laser-cut paper has been fitted into the octagonal skylights and windows in the Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery. The natural light filtering into the space casts intricate shadows against the skylight openings and walls. The work can also be viewed in close detail from the outside, on BBG’s terrace. Alongside this site-specific skylight and window installation, Tarantino also presents three illuminated wall-hung works on paper that engage a similar abstraction technique.
About the Artist
Ann Tarantino received her BA in Visual Arts from Brown University and her MFA in painting from the Pennsylvania State University. She currently is an assistant professor of art and landscape architecture at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, where she lives and works. Tarantino’s site-specific installations and other projects have been exhibited widely in solo and group shows, including at the AMOA-Arthouse, Austin, Texas; the Palmer Museum, University Park, Pennsylvania; Moreau Galleries, St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana; Neutron, Tokyo, Japan; Mixed Greens, New York City; Flashpoint, Washington, DC; and Curator’s Office, Washington, DC.