Project Description

FRIENDS OF THE DESERT MOUNTAINS PRESENTS

HEALING NATURE: The Aspen Maps (2022)

Photo credit: Solstream Studios

Friends of the Desert Mountains presents Paula Crown’s bold new painting series, HEALING NATURE: The Aspen Maps at Intersect Palm Springs. Consonant with a shared mission of wildlife conservation and sustainability, Crown’s work spotlights nature and its power to heal.

Crown’s work explores mark-making. Trails exhibit marks made by human movements in space and through time. Our imprints alter the terrain in positive and negative ways. Crown’s HEALING NATURE paintings explore nature and its relationship with human well-being. The pandemic was humbling, making evident how human behavior can alter the environment and affect its power to harm or to heal. For Crown, the outdoors were a source of nourishment even during the most challenging of days. The colors and organic shapes of the surrounding terrain soothed and improved focus.

Layered and abstracted, Crown’s painting language is sensuous, evoking human forms and sinuous topographies. Viewers immerse in fantastical landscapes and vivid color adjacencies that encompass both physical and psychological spaces.

“We are part of nature, not apart from it. The truth is that we need Mother Nature, Mother Nature does not need us. Her gifts are generous and make it possible for our human species to thrive collectively and individually. Implied is our shared responsibility to care for, and be mindful of, the earth’s fragile ecosystems. Human health and well-being depend on it. I enthusiastically share the mission of the Friends of the Desert Mountains to educate and conserve the beauty of the Coachella Valley and Desert Mountains. It is a pleasure to be partners on such important work.” —Paula Crown, Artist

“Paula Crown’s paintings offer a powerful way to consider our participation with the land. As stewards of trails in the Coachella Valley, we are inspired by how spending time in our natural environment can spark the imagination and lead to a greater understanding of its impact in our lives.” – Tammy Martin, Executive Director, Friends of the Desert Mountains.

FRIENDS OF THE DESERT MOUNTAINS

The mission of the Friends of the Desert Mountains is to preserve land, to support education, conservation, and research in the Coachella Valley, and to act as the support organization for the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

As Friends of the Desert Mountains, we are dedicated to building a community of support to help preserve the unique wildlife and scenic beauty of the Coachella Valley and our Desert Mountains. We acquire and preserve wildlands, promote stewardship of trails, conduct educational programs, and support ecological research.

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Paula Crown, Aspen Map (yellow), 2021. Acrylic on flex gesso linen. 60 x 48 in (152.4 x 121.9 cm.) Image courtesy of artist.

Paula Crown, Aspen Map (red), 2021. Acrylic and oil on flex gesso linen. 60 x 48 in (152.4 x 121.9 cm.) Image courtesy of artist.

Paula Crown, Aspen Map (green), 2021. Acrylic on flex gesso linen. 60 x 48 in (152.4 x 121.9 cm.) Image courtesy of artist.

Paula Crown, Aspen Map (orange), 2021. Acrylic on flex gesso linen. 60 x 48 in (152.4 x 121.9 cm.) Image courtesy of artist.

Paula Crown, Aspen Map (lavender), 2021. Acrylic and on flex gesso linen. 60 x 48 in (152.4 x 121.9 cm.) Image courtesy of artist.

Paula Crown, Fractal Blue, 2020. Oil on flex gesso Belgian linen. 79 7/8 x 59 1/8 in (203 x 150 cm.) Image courtesy of artist.