Melanie LaMay | BEDROCK MORTAR UNDER A COAST LIVE OAK
10 x 8 inches | oil on canvas, framed in a gold float-frame
ABOUT THE WORK
Created as part of the Marjorie and Joseph Rubenson Endowment for Art and Science at Volcan Mountain.
Cows and Wild Turkeys find shelter in the shade of a Coast Live Oak. Nearby is a bedrock mortar, a stone with holes worn down by Kumeyaay people to process oak acorns after drying. Coast Live Oaks are ecological keystones, supporting many species of life, and the Kumeyaay might stop under a coast live oak during seasonal travel. The bark, branches, and stems would be used medicinally, and to create the dye, toys, and construction materials.
ABOUT MELANIE LAMAY
Melanie LaMay is a painter born in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2021 she graduated from the Laguna College of Art and Design with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting with an Illustration emphasis. She is currently back in her hometown of Las Vegas drawing inspiration from the big skies to be found there. She finds inspiration from a cross-section of science fiction, the realities of our changing climate, and nature as a whole.