Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth Hope on their installation inspired by the nineteenth century folktale “The Souls of Trees.”
Born in Mountain View, California, Andy Diaz Hope earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Engineering from Stanford University’s joint program with design—collaborative programs between the engineering and art departments. Diaz Hope has exhibited both nationally and internationally in venues such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York, NY; the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, CO; the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia; and the London Crafts Council, London, England. His work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; and 21c in Louisville, Kentucky. The tapestry was conceptualized while Diaz Hope and Roth were in residence at the de Young Museum. Andy Diaz Hope currently resides in San Francisco and has been exhibiting with Catharine Clark Gallery since 2005.
Laurel Roth Hope lives and works in Northern California. Prior to becoming a full-time, self-taught artist she worked as a park ranger and in natural resource conservation. These professional experiences influenced her current work, which centers on the human manipulation of and intervention into the natural world and the choices we must make every day between our individual desires and the well-being of the world at large. Hope is a 2017 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow and was a 2016 Resident Artist with the Kohler Arts and Industry program in Wisconsin. In 2013, she and her sometime collaborator, Andy Diaz Hope, completed a year-long Fellowship at the de Young Museum of San Francisco examining the history of human cooperation through architecture. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Mint Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 21C Museum, the Zabludowicz Collection, the Progressive Collection, and the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum of Hollywood, among others.