I think of two landscapes one outside the self, the other within. The external landscape is the one we see not only the line and color of the land and its shading at different times of the day, but also as plants and animals in season, its weather, its geology, the record of its climate and evolution The second landscape I think of is an interior one [which] responds to the character and subtlety of an exterior landscape; the shape of the individual mind is affected by land as it is by genes. Barry Lopez
Jules Lusson has a long family history in Florida, and her
work is inspired by the natural world that surrounds her. Her mixed-media
paintings evoke the dream-like Everglades habitat, and combine drawings
of insects, reptiles, bone and shell fragments with excavated artifacts
and vintage photographs. It centers on the idea of Natures ability
to reclaim and heal what has been destroyed, and is inspired by the landscape
of both Nature and memory of South Florida. Working largely on paper,
she creates elaborate dense surfaces built up layer by layer with gesso,
inks, printmaking and silver leaf. She works to overlap, expose, conceal
and layer a topographical surface with an inner experience.
Lusson received her Bachelor of Fine Art from the California
College of Arts, and her Masters of Fine Art from Florida International
University, and is currently an Artist in Residence at Art Center South
Florida in Miami Beach.