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A free Reception with Andrew Rush will take place on Thursday, January 9 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Exhibit House.

“On April 25, 2017 my wife of 45 years, the desert writer Ann Woodin, passed away at 90 years of age. Since her death, I have continued our habit of quiet desert walks; remembering how often she stooped to collect small seeds, flowers, grasses and plants, both to show me as well as bring them home to make spontaneous bouquets.

Now walking alone, I am seeing more of Ann’s desert, I find myself bringing back larger sacks of dried plants, grasses and seed pods to my studio. There, I spread various patterns of grasses onto sheets of heavy watercolor paper and soak or spray the grasses and plants with acrylic colors. Then, I imprint them using my etching press, layering different combinations of colors and plants. Over time, each work becomes a surprising new invention, directed only by my response to the random accidents revealed by the growth patterns of the desert’s natural forms.

Can one actually erase one’s self in one’s art? Probably not. Guided by the influence my 60 years of
artmaking provides, I believe the natural intelligence that lives in the forms of nature is now the mark-maker, instead of me. I feel more like a collaborator in these new works.
As you look at these Sonoran Desert Grasses monoprint-paintings, I suggest that rather than looking to ‘recognize’ (meaning, narrative, etc.), allow your eyes to become softer, letting the images flow. If you can, stay with each study for thirty seconds to a minute. The image can change, then change again.”