The third installation in the Partnership Tower Lobby greeted spring early with colorful and whimsical paintings by Houston-based artist Celan Bouillet. Her In the Bayou Botanist: 365 days in Houston's Gardens series explores man’s relationship with Houston's green spaces through a series of large-scale paintings and cut canvas works. The paintings resemble contemporary tapestries that blend animals, plants and people into complex patterns. Bouillet depicts the overwhelming vastness of nature being contained within a rectangular form - mimicking the typical confines of a garden.
“Houston is going through a revival of its public green spaces; from the recently completed McGovern Centennial Gardens, Buffalo Bayou Park, and Discovery Green, to the established Hermann Park, Japanese Garden and Bayou Bend Gardens. Gardens highlight our complicated relationship with nature – to contain but let grow, to revere or destroy – all charged by man’s unfailing desire to control its environment.” – Celan Bouillet
Celan Bouillet (b 1985) is a mixed media artist inspired by travel, textiles and recollections and relationships with place, Bouillet creates paintings with complex narratives and dense patterns. Bouillet received her BA in English and BFA in Painting from the University of Georgia in 2008 and her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. She has received numerous awards and honors including: 2013 Full Fellowship recipient to Vermont Studio Center, 2014 Artist-in-residence at Houston Community College SE, 2014 Best in Show at Lawndale's Big Show, 2014 Best in Show at Gallery 500x EXPO and 2015 HAA Emerging Artist Grant.