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Isabel Lee-Rosson, Odes

Terrain Dallas

Isabel Lee-Rosson: Odes

On view March 5 - May 7, 2023

Opening reception: March 5, 1 - 3 pm

From  March 5 - May 7 Terrain Dallas will host artist Isabel Lee-Rosson’s Odes. Centered on the “consumption and degradation of the natural environment” Lee-Rosson’s works on paper and installation “explore how plants are simultaneously controlled and neglected in man-made landscapes”.

Lee-Rosson’s installation at Terrain is her second of a series titled Odes. Utilizing invasive flora from the surrounding neighborhood and traditional wattle weaving, Lee-Rosson has constructed a large conical shaped structure that references ancient dwellings. Its’ placement on a domesticated lawn of non-native St. Augustine grass at the Terrain site calls attention to the ways in which we as humans cultivate and curate the land around us, often without thought to the potential destruction of native habitats. The structure itself, filled with organic material, becomes a dwelling for organisms as it composts over the duration of the installation from March-May. Ultimately, the installation seeks to increase biodiversity, improve soil health, and call attention to harmful landscaping practices. 

Influenced by the work of women land artists, such as Agnes Denes, Maren Hassinger, and Ana Mendieta, Lee-Rosson’s expanded practice includes installations of guerrilla gardens and woven structures such as Odes. Calling attention to the deterioration of the environment while educating and offering solutions to these issues through composting techniques, Lee-Rosson’s Odes will improve the site of Terrain and offer the community an opportunity to see the beginning transformation of an invasive grass to a habitat that supports native flora, insects, and birds.

Isabel Lee-Rosson is an artist and art historian from Abilene, TX and is currently based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Lee-Rosson earned a Master of Arts in Art History, Criticism, and Conservation from the University of North Texas in 2017 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Two-Dimensional Design from Abilene Christian University in 2015. In 2019, she presented her research at the Arts Patronage in Modern America: International Conference at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, and in 2022 she was a panelist for the Global Humanities Symposium: Engaging in Cultural Diplomacy hosted by The Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy and the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington D.C. She currently works as the Manager of Visitor Experience at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas.

Founded by local artist Iris Bechtol, Terrain Dallas is a public exhibition space located in Elmwood, a historic neighborhood in Oak Cliff - Dallas, TX. Terrain Dallas focuses on exhibiting temporary interventions by emerging artists in and around the landscape of a suburban home. Offering artists a place to experiment within an alternative setting, Terrain Dallas functions as a site of connection, exposing the community to new ideas and experiences through challenging works of contemporary art. 

Terrain Dallas is located at 1122 Elmdale Pl, Dallas, TX 75224
Viewing Hours: Seven days a week, daylight hours during exhibitions.

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