Friday, Oct. 12 through Saturday, Nov. 10, Elizabeth Schoyer's "Natural Histories," will be on display in the Davis Gallery in Houghton House.
In her painting and gouaches, Schoyer peregrinates across Suriname, Egypt, Amazonia and Antarctica with Maria Sibylla Merian, Napoleon Bonaparte, Henry Bates and Ernest Shackelton as her guides. Through reading their journals, Schoyer has traveled with these European naturalists and explorers on their journeys to the unknown. Her works are imaginary renderings of the experiences and specimens recounted in their journals. Their accounts of the devices and architectural structures used for collecting and storing different plant and animal species act as a way to make order out of chaos and serve as metaphors for out fragility.
Davis Gallery hours are Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. -5 p.m.; Saturday from 1 - 5 p.m.; the gallery is closed Sundays.