Charles Mary Kubricht
paraMuseum: Environmental Exigencies, 2010
photographs on canvas
Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion
Capital Building Fund Site Specific Commission
The four oak leaves represented in these photographs depict specimens from four different indigenous oak varieties on the Rice University campus. Printed on canvas, the photographs are coated with a unique, eco-friendly sealant that protects them from UV radiation and other environmental factors without the need for a physical covering. The pieces reflect Kubricht's perception of natural landscapes as “museums,” places and objects worthy of preservation. In fact, the artist thinks of the Rice campus as a "Tree Museum" as a whole. These monumental photographs, as a result, reflect Kubricht's interest in how humans create and measure experience, and how we relate to the fate of our natural environment.
About the Artist: Charles Mary Kubricht lives in Texas and New York, and has been exhibiting her work in the United States and abroad for three decades. She earned a B.A. at Queens College, Charlotte, NC, a M.F.A. at the University of Houston, and studied at Institut fur Europaische Studien in Vienna. Kubricht works in multiple media, including collage, drawing, stage design and photography. Her work has been the subject of several museum solo exhibitions, including at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, the Austin Museum of Art, and the Art Museum of South Texas. Since 2005, Charles Mary has focused on the photographic representation of the ever changing cultural and political events on Mount Livermore located near Marfa, Texas. From 2011-2013, her work, an installation titled Alive-ness: Proposal for Adaptation was on view on the High Line in New York City.