Melanie LaMay | SHRUB
7 x 5 inches | oil on board, 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.
Stalks of Lupines and Chinese Houses dance before a Honey Bee visits a Blue Elder Shrub. Kumeyaay people use the bark of the Blue Elder to create clothing, and its yellow flowers are collected and dried for use as a fever reducer and cough medicine. Ko’alh-speaking people use cooked leaves as a compress.
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.