Janet Bogardus and Kathy deRosas’ paintings, sculptures, and installations at KALA Artist Project Space offer varied and compelling responses to environmental degradation.
These two artists use organic materials such as soil, marigolds and oak galls, as well as human detritus, to express a connection with both the fragility and the regenerative power of the earth. Janet Bogardus subverts the traditional landscape form, describing in rich, layered color a hybrid space between urban and wild, where the sublime and degraded collide. Kathy deRosas’ panels, etched with sinewy scrawls of dirt, and her lithe vine sculptures, portray root forms suggesting hidden potential and transformation.
Janet Bogardus has exhibited her work since 1989 in the San Francisco Bay Area, southern California, and New York. She completed an MFA at San Francisco State University in 1990. Her influences include environmental art, the Arte Povera movement, and the paintings of J.M.W. Turner. Her work can be viewed at http://www.janetbogardus.net
Kathy deRosas earned her MFA from John F. Kennedy University from the Arts and Consciousness Program. Her work is influenced by the environmental art movement, minimalism, and the work of Wolfgang Laib. She lives and teaches art in Oakland, CA and travels often with her family to Mumbai, India. She shows her work primarily in Northern California. Her work can be viewed at http://www.kathyderosas.com