Maria Napolitano

Maria Napolitano

As an artist, I am interested in the fragile relationship we have with the natural world. Most patterns in nature are invisible to the casual observer, yet without these systems, survival is impossible. John Muir, the American naturalist, once wrote, ”When you tug on a single thing in nature you find it attached to the entire universe.” In my current painting project, I use a personal and micro view of nature as a way of seeing. Something as small and inconsequential as a pollen grain or a piece of tree lichen balanced in a field of color can set up a dialogue between content and imagination. My mix-up of a painterly, cartoony and diagrammatic approach provides an armature to call attention to nature's hidden structures with both humor and gravity. Drawing from sources that include old botanical illustrations, photographs I take of lichen growing on tree bark and specimens I collect from my backyard, I create paintings that ask the viewer to stop and consider more than meets the eye.

Here are a few examples of her work.