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In the Inez Greenberg Gallery...

Unnatural Terrains

Exhibiting Artists: Elisa Berry Fonseca and Anne Rynearson

April 20 – June 1, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, April 20, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Tuesday, May 22, 7:00 p.m.

Unnatural Terrains is an exhibition that explores both the forming and deconstruction of our natural (and not so natural) environments. Exhibiting artists Elisa Berry Fonseca and Anne Rynearson both touch on notion of what happens when man-made industry (manufacturing, unsustainable agricultural practices) and the natural landscape collide.

Fonseca’s 3-dimensional “landforms” are created from manufactured material in vibrant colors rather than natural formations. Nevertheless, they still conjure up a sense that they are very much organic, forming over many years like any other earthly stalagmite or stalactite. “Viewers become the center of fantastical landscapes made up of delicate lines and risky color combinations. The energetic gestures are the result of my desire to see the landscape come alive, as if the forms were living beings transformed by their encounter with art.” – Elisa Berry Fonseca

Likewise, Anne Rynearson’s large-scale paintings also combine the natural with the unnatural both in terms of subject matter as well as their creation. Rynearson tackles a very real and difficult problem: the normalization of unsustainable agricultural practices which she feels has had consequences for both the natural environment and the regional rural community. As a child who grew up on a Minnesota farm, this topic is also very personal. By using various source materials (maps, photographs, and other references of actual places) Rynearson’s goes about the process of deconstructing and then re-constructing a whole new environment. “I envision my imagery as depictions of invented nature or described as alternative landscapes, abstracted allusions of nature as a referent of a cultural-historical mode of representation; a reflexive symbol of its chronic state of displacement, of it tenuous existence in our modern age and perhaps a lackluster substitute for itself—reduced to fragmented gesture.” – Anne Rynearson

About the Artists:

Katayoun AmjadiElisa Berry Fonseca is an artist and educator based in Inver Grove Heights, MN.  She lives with her husband and daughter in the house her grandfather built on land his grandfather owned. Elisa has exhibited nationally and internationally and has received numerous grants and awards, including a 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.  She holds an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Minnesota and an MAR in Religion and the Arts from Yale Divinity School. To support her life as an artist, she has worked as an adjunct instructor, high school teacher, SAT tutor, sip n’ paint instructor, department store associate, information desk phone operator, nanny, artist’s assistant and now as a mom and art instructor. Her next project is to turn her grandfather’s barn into a studio and workshop space. Check her out at ebfonseca.com.



Katayoun AmjadiAnne Rynearson lives and works in Saint Paul, MN. She works with painting and printmaking media to create abstractions that focus on the depiction of nature and the environment as forms of conceptual landscape shaped by culture and climate change. Anne received her MFA in painting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2000 and has exhibited her work in juried and invitational exhibitions. Recently, Anne was awarded an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2016 and a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant to participate in a printmaking-focused residency in Germany in 2017.