Agrarian artist exhibits at David City

Naomi Friend, Origin, mixed media, courtesy of the artist.

Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art will display an exhibition by a new agrarian artist, Naomi Friend of Story City, IA. Her exhibition, Restless Tenants begins April 30 and will be on display through June 29, 2014.

Restless Tenants combines Friend's latest mixed media works on fabric, wood and paper, which explore the idea of humanity's temporal relationship to the land. About the exhibition Friend says, "We can be demanding tenants of our earth. I am searching for ways to bring life into balanceÂ… The expanse of a Midwest sky, the quality of changing light and wind is ever-present when out on the prairie. The voice of a single song sparrow rises amidst the undertones of the rushing wind in the grass and trees. This great land has been entrusted to us."

The exhibition will also include historic agrarian artists' work from the Bone Creek Museum collection. Friend is eager to display her work with the work of great artists of another time and with whom she shares a love for the Midwest landscape.
Friend approaches the subjects of contemporary farming and sustainability by layering a variety of media to create imagery of disparate yet familiar scenes of the farm juxtaposed with urban scenes. The Van Dyke photographic process she uses originated in the late 1800's and offers beautiful rich brown tonalities with a classical period look. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process introduced by Sir John Herschel in 1842 and which results in a cyan-blue print. Friend uses these historic photographic techniques in honor of the period when pioneers were settling the Plains.

Friend earned her MFA from Iowa State University in 2013 and has received awards for her presentation of current agricultural issues. "I am excited to provide an opportunity for a young artist who is discovering her visual voice and is passionate about the agrarian topic," said curator Amanda Mobley Guenther.

Meet the artist May 24, 2014 at 3 pm during Bone Creek Museum's annual Memorial Day reception. Friend and exhibiting artist Randy Waln will lead a discussion about their use of photography and the subject of our connection to the land.

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