Published : Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 11:36 AM
Artist Ana Serrano’s cityscape of cardboard, wood, paper, and acrylic paint—otherwise known as “Homegrown”—is one of three newly opened exhibits at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
With “Homegrown,” Serrano pays homage to her Latino roots and the concrete jungle of everyday LA that has informed her as a native Angeleno. One part sculpture, one part architecture, the exhibit also give the nod to the greenery of Portland, Oregon, where Serrano has recently relocated.
In an interview with LA Observed she said, “I’m much more aware of plant life there, which is something I wasn’t always interested in or aware of in Los Angeles,” she says. “You’re surrounded by nature (in Portland), so I notice the absence of it when I come back here. I really wanted to find a way to mesh the visual aesthetics I’m attracted to here in Los Angeles, and also find a way to bring in these plants that are important in my family, plants we’ve always grown wherever we are.”
The 34-year-old captured the attention of the art world while still a student at the Art Center College of Design when her 2008 piece, “Cartonlandia,” was featured in the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibit “The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination and Possibility” at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Today, she working on another exhibit—her first solo show, “La Yarda,” for Bermudez Projects in Cypress Park. Much like “Homegrown,” “La Yarda” will be an immersive exhibit with three-dimensional sculptures of homes and courtyard gardens.
Serrano’s art focuses on how people bring the natural world an urban environment, which she believes is familiar to most people. She told LA Observed, “A lot of people relate to it (her work) from different parts of the world. Sometimes I hear ‘it reminds me of Brazil, reminds me of South Africa, or Italy.’ It will remind them of a place they lived or visited.”
Ana Serrano: Homegrown is at the Pasadena Museum of California Art until June 3.