Radiant Light

Radiant Light: Shadow Sculpture of California Native Plants

October 1, 2010 - January 17, 2011

Pamela Burgess' exhibition, “Radiant Light: Shadow Sculptures of California Native Plants,” is the first exhibition commissioned by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. 

Burgess says the installation is “all about the lifecycle of plants and in that way, it’s about the lifecycle of humans and all living creatures.”

The exhibition consist of 12 site-specific sculptures placed along the paths looping around Indian Hill Mesa from California Courtyard up to the Container Garden over to the Cultivar Garden. These forms, from large, dramatic installations to diminutive, sophisticated panels, highlight plants in the Garden. Photographic images of California native plants serve as the raw material. Transformed into digital prints on acrylics and textiles, each work represents the shadow cast by a botanical.

The artist begins her series with a tribute to the foundations of RSABG. The first sculpture “Bouquet for Susanna Bixby Bryant” is a collaboration with floral designer Cindy Cunningham, RSABG volunteer.

Burgess began construction of the experimental body of work last spring dividing her time between her Los Angeles studio and the Garden. Burgess is a 2010 Durfee Foundation Artist Resources Completion Grant recipient and Theodore Payne Foundation’s first artist-in-residence in 2008.

Slideshows of "Radiant Light" can be found on the RSABG Facebook page and photographer Carole Scurlock's flickr set.

Visit Pamela Burgess' website for more information www.pamelaburgess.com.

Radiant Light: Shadow Sculpture of California Native Plants

Exhibition viewing is free with standard Garden admission.