Batiks Botánicos: Viva Florida by artist Angela Maria Isaza

Batiks Botánicos: Viva Florida by artist Angela Maria Isaza

Exhibit: Batiks Botánicos: Viva Florida by artist Angela Maria Isaza
In Selby’s Museum of Botany & the Arts
August 15 – November 17, 2013
10 am to 4:30 pm daily


Whenever artist Angela María Isaza visits Florida she always enjoys a peaceful walk through Selby Gardens.  She finds herself in awe strolling on a familiar path with the ocean breezes on one side and the beautiful Gardens bordering the other. Throughout her walk, her keenly trained and observant eye is always looking for things to inspire her art from the beautiful plants and trees that grow here. She is attracted to the magnificent banyans, bamboos, palms, ferns, mangroves, oak trees with branches laden with Spanish moss and bromeliads, and Selby’s colorful butterfly garden.  Ms Isaza especially enjoys coming into the closed in, jungle-like Tropical Conservatory where all the mysterious plants growing in a humid space remind her of the tropical flora of her native country, Colombia.

Her chosen medium of batik is an ancient and mysterious painting technique that originated in Java.  It’s a process that uses wax, dyes, and natural fiber cloth. Using this laborious technique, she translates her observations and feeling about each plant; revealing its personality and its uniqueness.  First she considers all the details of how it grows: It is it thin or bushy? Does it hang or grow tall? Can you see the individual flowers? Are the leaves long, round, mottled or spotted? These characteristics are translated into cotton canvases through careful and expressive brushstrokes. She employs colors that are dyes, and wax that is later removed by ironing. This exotic technique serves well for expressing her personal vision and interpretation of the mysterious growth of nature, resulting in a very natural artistic interpretation.

With this year’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s arrival on Florida’s coast, “Batiks Botánicos: Viva Florida” celebrates the plants that are found growing in Florida and in Ms Isaza’s own country of Colombia, also claimed by Spain. Her art showcases a concern for the natural environment and she hopes to convey her deep appreciation of nature to the observer. The batiks not only invite people to enjoy the botanical world, but also invoke a call to play a role in the conservation of fragile natural environments, their beauty and value.

Angela Maria Isaza works and has her studio in Bogotá. She studied Art at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and graduated in Architecture from The University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She has had numerous exhibits in several botanical gardens and galleries, including more than 9 successful exhibits at Selby Gardens.  Her works are in private collections in many parts of the world.

Ms Isaza will be returning to Sarasota just prior to the end of her exhibit.  Please take advantage of an added opportunity to "Meet the Artist" who has created all these beautiful and vibrant batiks.  She will be at Selby's Museum of Botany & the Arts, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, November 15 & 16.