Claremont Museum of Art goes beyond beauty in Furious Garden

Beginning at noon on September 3, the Claremont Museum of Art will be unveiling their newest exhibition titled Furious Garden, a botany-like display featuring artwork from artists Deena Capparelli, Karen Kitchel and Cj Jilek.

In a news release the museum wrote, “three contemporary artists re-envision and re-construct the pastoral metaphors with which we’re familiar. Naughty, disobedient, and extravagant, this view of ‘garden’ is active and provocative, intent on cultivating new pathways and relationships between landscape and occupant.”

Ms. Kitchel’s artwork for the exhibit is said to be derived from “her own gardening practice, surviving the 2017 Thomas fire, and contemplating issues of environmental sustainability.”

Ms. Capparelli’s “pseudo-imaginary” landscape works come from her interests in California’s native plants and her recent research “studying transatlantic relationships among historical gardens “and” 18th century landscape paintings influenced by the picturesque, an aesthetic ideal of the time.”

Unlike the previous two, Ms. Jilek is a ceramic artist who “uses botanical forms, with their openly displayed reproductive elements, as a metaphor for human sexuality.” Her work is said to be inspired by the sensuality of the natural world, according to the museum.

On Saturday, September 4, a member preview of the exhibit will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. before it opens for an Art Walk reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Furious Garden will run in the museum until November 27, 2021.

The Claremont Museum of Art is at 200 West First Street in the historic Claremont Depot. It is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday between noon and 4 p.m. For more information, call (909) 621-3200 or visit online at

Alongside the artists, the exhibit was organized by Rebecca Hamm, director of arts for the progressive studios of the Tierra del Sol Foundation in Upland. Furious Garden is sponsored by Gould Asset Management.


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