A live, online conversation between Aili Schmeltz from her Joshua Tree studio and Edward Cella as they discuss the nature of Schmeltz's practice; the impact of isolation on these latest bodies of work, and the enduring influence of the Mojave Desert. Held in conjunction with her online exhibition "Survival Strategies." While sheltered in place in Joshua Tree, California; Schmeltz discovered a deeper appreciation of the rugged landscape, rich in botanical wonders, and its cycles of life and survival. Turning to nature and leaning in, Schmeltz created two new bodies of work. Entitled "Desert Flowers" and "Cairns" the new color drawings and fired ceramic sculptures represent in the artist's words form of "visual poetry, now more than ever during this pandemic / wildfire / politically dark time, a source of beauty that I find solace and comfort in."
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