Joanne Aono’s solo exhibition, Wetlands Elegy, at Mosnart visiting artist project space, addresses the previous terrain of the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago. This area existed as wet prairie, abundant with native plants and wildlife, until the environment was altered by industrial and human development. The biodiversity was challenged by dwindling habitat and invasive species, resulting in extinct and endangered populations.
Wetlands Elegy begins with “Wild Things,” an outdoor artwork consisting of a variety of seeds arranged to depict the images of extinct species from the region. As animals and the elements disperse the seed, the image will disappear, revealing text from a quote by conservationist Aldo Leopold. Periodically, new seed images will be installed. “Wild Things” is part of the Terrain Biennial, an international public art event.
The exhibition continues to the transom of Mosnart, with a drawing of birds on the window glass combining with reflections of the sky. The interior space includes a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. surrounded by silverpoint drawings based on extinct and endangered wetlands species.
Joanne Aono is a visual artist, facilitator of art exhibitions, organic farmer, and identical twin. Her research-based drawings, paintings, and installations address identity, immigration, and the environment. Her art has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at museums, galleries, art centers, and alternative spaces. She serves on the Riverside Arts Center’s exhibition committee and directs the alternative art project, Cultivator – Chicago Art Exhibitions & Farm Art Projects. She maintains a studio on a ten-acre farm in north central Illinois.
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