Saturday, March 12, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Tree Pieces: Painted Fabric Collages by Merill Comeau

To Merill Comeau, the cacophony and chaos of plant life parallels our shared human experience of coping with a complex and shifting environment. In her large-scale fabric interpretations of the natural world, she makes use of incongruous materials with past lives: artists’ brush cleaning rags, a mother-in-law’s blouse, cast-off sheets from the Salvation Army, plastic mesh bags from garlic bulbs, vintage linens, and colorful fabric samples. The complexity of the work is compelling from a distance, but also draws viewers closer to engage in the sensual surface. Opening reception in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall of the Arnold Arboretum will take place Saturday, March 12, from 1 – 3, and the show will be on exhibit through April 24.