Tumbleweed from Elsewhere, 2013

Tumbleweed from Elsewhere, 2013


Kathleen Elliot.

Tumbleweed from Elsewhere, 2013.

Glass. 8 x 10 x 6 in. Singular


What is real? How do you know? After three decades of studying philosophy and alternative spirituality, these two questions are the foundation of my artwork.

With my natural botanicals, I am celebrating the beauty of nature and its ability to lift us out of the commotion of everyday life, reminding us we belong to mysteries far greater.

My imaginary botanicals express my interest in alternate realities, aiming to entice viewers to shake out of the confines of what we have come to know as real, and into a sense of wonder about our world.

With the glass itself, I am poking at reality with 3-dimensional trompe l'oeil — making a brittle man-made material appear organic and pliant.

-Kathleen Elliot