Zoe Keller - Scope Miami Beach 2018
Zoe Keller uses graphite to create large scale, meticulously rendered visual narratives. Placing a special focus on at-risk species and wildlands, Keller weaves drawings that explore the interconnectedness of fragile, vanishing ecosystems. A Woodstock, New York native, Zoe Keller’s creative upbringing in the rural Catskills shaped her future as an artist and amateur naturalist. After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Graphic Design, Keller made homes and studios in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, on the rocky Maine coast, in West Michigan’s farm country and in Eastern Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains before finally settling in Portland, where she currently resides. In recent years, Keller has traveled up and down the West Coast with six artist residency programs, including the Golden Spot Award Residency at Caldera Arts, a month long residency at PLAYA, and two residencies with Signal Fire Arts. She has shown in galleries across the United States and in Australia. In 2017 two of her works were added to the Permanent Collection of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming. The pieces in ‘Memories of Home’ are drawn from my earliest memories of the natural world, growing up in Woodstock, New York surrounded by forests and once farm fields grown tangled and wild. It was here that I learned to recognize species, not only from sight but also from their calls and from the feathers and tracks that they left behind. I was transfixed by the metamorphosis of frogs, the cyclical migrations of hummingbirds, the sinister tinge of a parasitised nest and the quiet anticipation of a snake about to strike its prey. This sense of magic and precarious calm continue to draw me into close observation of the natural world.
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