Nora Sturges- Darwin: The View from the Road

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Darwin: The View from the Road

Nora Sturges

May 24July 21, 2024 

Common Ground Gallery

In this ongoing project, begun in the isolation of the early pandemic, I am using Google Street View to follow the route Charles Darwin took with the Beagle (1832-36), and making tiny, postcard-sized paintings of what I discover. Like Darwin, I am dedicated to close observation and guided by curiosity. The observations of the natural world Darwin accumulated on his trip led, years later, to the theories of natural selection and evolution he set forth in On the Origin of Species. My own journey is taking place during a time that is undeniably Anthropocene, and I find my observations are leading me instead to ideas about what it is to be human.

About the Artist

Nora Sturges has exhibited her work widely in solo shows at the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia, Spaces in Cleveland, David Lusk Gallery in Nashville, C. Grimaldis Gallery and School 33 in Baltimore, the 1708 Gallery in Richmond, the Lancaster (PA) Museum of Art, and Ventura College (CA), among others. Her group exhibitions have included Lonsdale Gallery in Toronto, Galerie Youn in Montreal, Civilian Art Projects in Washington, D.C., Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien in Berlin, Germany, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Asya Geisberg Gallery and The Painting Center in New York City, Seraphin Gallery in Philadelphia, Antioch College, Goucher College, and Maryland Art Place in Baltimore. She is the recipient of four Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, and her work has been included four times in New American Paintings. She received a B.A. in studio art from Bowdoin College, and an M.F.A. in painting from Ohio University. Sturges lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she is Professor of Art at Towson University.

Image: Nora Sturges, The View from the Road: Darwin, 2021

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