FIeld notes - works by Ashton Shaw Despot
In her first solo exhibition in New Orleans, Field Notes, Ashton Shaw Despot explores nature through the lens of wild, untamed botanicals and waterways. Born and raised in Lafayette, LA, Despot was surrounded by the lush bayous and oaks of the Southern terrain. Settling in New Orleans’ Bayou St. John neighborhood, Despot gained access to verdant lagoons, wild foliage and a botanical garden filled with florals of all genres. Using her surroundings as inspiration, she continued her research studying botanical illustrations, Monet’s Impressionist paintings and Newcomb Pottery, a hallmark of the American Arts & Crafts movement of the early 20th century and the history of the arts in New Orleans.
Ashton Shaw Despot’s solo exhibition will be presented at the Claire Elizabeth Gallery from Sept. 12th - Nov. 11h. An opening reception will be held on Sat. Sept 14th from 6-9pm and all are invited to attend.