Janelle Lile contacted me this week with her beautiful artwork. Her artist statement gives her work more context:
My work is autobiographical. I can’t escape my personal life in order to make work, and everything I make is linked in my mind to what is happening in my life at that moment. ….One of the ways I can process the transition is by paying close attention to what is happening around me at ground level. I go outside every day to investigate what is now blooming, or dying back, or to watch bees and swallows and pick snails out of the garden. In addition to learning about what is already here, I’m working to change my surroundings to suit my preferences as I’ve been moved out of my own habitat. This daily process decides for me the subjects of this body of work. Both the unknown plants that I discover as they have emerged and the unfamiliar plants that I planted here but could not grow in my former climate are combined with imagery of diagrams and visual information.