Artist Talk: Guests from "Natural Alliances"

Join us as Alan Dehmer and Ippy Patterson from "Natural Alliances" give a gallery walk & talk about their work in this show, backgrounds, and inspiration.

Alan Dehmer

Alan Dehmer’s work is a hybrid of photography and printmaking. The gum bichromate print process he uses transforms his photographs into something new and decidedly different from the original camera image. It bears the mark of that first photographic moment, but it also achieves something more that cannot be explained solely by the multiple layers of pigment applied. The final image seems to carry an archetypal quality, like something from an old memory or a dream one can’t quite remember. “I’m interested in the Japanese aesthetic called wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi expresses itself in the simple, natural, ever-changing, decomposing world we live in.” 

Ippy Patterson

Ippy Patterson draws flowers, the human figure and strange creatures. She is best known for her stunning botanical illustrations. Ippy feels “gratitude to plants for the complete joy they have given me. Drawing them always makes me feel better.” She is the recipient of the National Academy of Sciences Illustration Award, she worked for the New York Times as an illustrator and completed 160 botanical illustrations for Montrose: Life in a Garden, a biography of the renowned gardens in Hillsborough, NC.