London Amara | Melaleuca Wisdom | $3,500

London Amara was born in Columbus, Ohio. She lives and works there and in Bonita Springs, Florida. In 1995, she studied painting, sculpture, and photography at Columbus College of Art and Design, and in 1999 relocated to Naples, Florida. There, in addition to making and exhibiting her work, she began teaching courses in the creative use of polymer resins, metals, and oxidation processes, and on the psychology of art making. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of South Florida, and will be lecturing in 2020 at Florida Southwestern College, home of the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery.

Following a car accident in 2009, Amara began to move away from biomorphic and gestural abstraction—and occasional use of handwritten text—that characterize her early work, instead producing drawings, paintings, metal sculptures, and prints that focus on the human body as form and metaphor. Currently, she is pursuing large-format collodion wet plate photography, creating intimate black-and-white portraits and haunting images of the wooded landscapes of Montana, Colorado, Florida, Ohio, California, and British Columbia. Additionally, Amara is creating a book scheduled for publication in 2020, and her exhibition, Ethos: The Alchemy of Spirit and Light will begin a national museum tour in 2021.

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