Emily Hamilton Laux, Invasive: Beauty vs Beauty
Invasives is Emily Hamilton Laux’s entry-point into today’s conversation about biodiversity. Here she addresses questions about the earth’s changing ecosystems. The project represents her personal exploration of the plants that grow in our backyards, along the edges of fields and parking lots, as well flora that are cultivated for their beauty. All of these plants have complex roles and relationships in the ecosystems where they grow. In Invasives: Beauty Versus Beauty (part 1), selected plant species are portrayed in isolation or with one or two other species.
Laux invites the viewer to question his/her own concepts of beauty and function in the landscape, and explore ideas about biodiversity through her observation of native, invasive, naturalized and cultivated species of plants. “The conversation is enormous, exciting, and changing rapidly.”
Bio: Visual artist Emily Hamilton Laux’s primary medium is photography. A member of the Westport Artists’ Collective and Ridgefield Guild of Artists, she opened her own studio at Firing Circuits in 2016. Laux has exhibited in a group in Connecticut including Ridgefield Guild of Artists Camera Works, ArtWorks, Westport Artists’ Collective Group Show and at Simon Pearce, Westport in a solo exhibit. Previously, Laux worked as a writer, editor, and photojournalist; she also worked as a gallery manager and publicist in the visual arts.
Born in Saigon, and raised in Cambodia, Paris and Washington, D.C., Laux has an MA in International Economics from American University and she earned her BA at Tulane University in New Orleans, where maintains close ties. Laux believes her art work is informed by her cultural experiences in Asia and the Deep South.