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Nicole Pietrantoni: Build Your Own Landscape 

When: May 26-July 31 2014
People haven’t always been too kind to Mother Earth, and often, she’s not too kind to us either. Our relationship status ... well, it’s complicated. Nicole Pietrantoni’s Build Your Own Landscape, the latest exhibition at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Gallery, explores the increasingly complex connection between humans and nature. Using shadows, screen-printing and photographs from hiking trips in Alaska and California, Pietrantoni’s installations challenge our desire to manipulate the natural landscape. Control and illusion play major thematic roles here. In one installation, a movable bundle of trash sits on a clear screen-printed acrylic panel. Lit from above, the objects cast a shadow below that looks like a tree standing in a serene field. Though you won’t find much ink on paper, Pietrantoni’s multimedia show is undeniably grounded in printmaking. Her innovative approach to the medium helps to broaden its definition, and to challenge outmoded notions of what printmaking as a fine art can be. SARA ESTES

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