From the Exhibit Description:
“All the wild world is beautiful, and it matters but little where we go, to highlands or lowlands, woods or plains, on the sea or land… or in the sky.”
This quote by John Muir serves as inspiration for Christie Coker and Andrea Wilkinson as they express their love of nature. WILD is a collaborative effort combining Wilkinson’s exquisite sculptural portraits of wild animals with Coker’s textural landscape paintings which are evocative of the environs in which these animals live. In the words of Muir, each artist believes that “…keeping close to Nature’s heart is a way to wash your spirit clean.”
Wilkinson’s sculpture features North American wildlife. Wild animals are magnificent and accessible, the Tetons or Yellowstone National Parks embrace moose, elk and bears. She is inspired just knowing that they are there, still living the wild life and fitting so perfectly into their wild environment. In Wilkinson’s sculpture, whether it is bronze or papier mache, she tries to capture what it is about wild animals that so fascinates her and share that with viewers, forming a connection between the wild and us.