ROTRAUT’S NATURE-INSPIRED INSTALLATIONS ARRIVE AT DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN THIS FALLSeptember 21, 2022
Phoenix, AZ – Internationally acclaimed artist Rotraut brings her nature-inspired large-scale sculptures, paintings and photography to Desert Botanical Garden Oct. 7, 2002- May 14, 2023. Rotraut’s artwork takes inspiration from the human subconscious and explores the relationship between the sky, sun and universe.
Visitors can experience Rotraut’s dynamic forms at the Garden this season. Rotraut finds the desert to be “a place of spirituality, where the power of the elements, the landscapes, plants and flowers create a microcosmos.” The exhibit includes twelve outdoor installations, as well as several pieces inside the Ottosen Gallery. “We are delighted to bring Rotraut’s artwork to the Garden. Her pieces are full of life and interweave so beautifully with the desert landscape, which is a continuous source of inspiration for Rotraut,” says Elaine McGinn, the Garden’s Chief Experience Officer.
Born in 1938 near the the Baltic Sea in Rerik-Wustrow, Germany, Rotraut Uecker found inspiration in the natural world and the galaxy at a very young age. Today, the part-time Valley resident explores a playful exposition of colors in her large-scale sculptures that are meant to connect people with her perception of the cosmos. Rotraut’s first sculptures unintentionally came about from one of her paintings where she discovered the figurative expression of life, energy and motion— a connection between her inner-terrestrial grounding and the heavenly canopy. Her work has been displayed in numerous galleries and museums, including in London, Paris, San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona.
WHEN: Oct. 7, 2022 – May 4, 2023
WHERE: Desert Botanical Garden | Garden-wide and Ottosen Gallery | 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008
COST: Included with Garden Admission
Members and children under 2 | Free
TICKETS: Advanced ticket reservation required. Purchase tickets at dbg.org
Rotraut lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona, where she is continuously inspired by nature. She has held numerous solo shows and participated in several group exhibitions and art fairs in America, Asia and Europe. The Jena University in Germany organized in 2016 a large retrospective of her works. Rotraut’s works are represented in numerous public collections in the United States and Europe and private collections worldwide.
About Desert Botanical Garden
An Arizona icon for nearly 85 years, Desert Botanical Garden is a living museum of more than 50,000 plants. Founded in 1939, the Garden is a premier institution focused on education, exhibition, research and conservation of desert plants of the world, with an emphasis on the Sonoran Desert. The Garden’s 140-acre site is distinguished by its robust collection of cactus and agave plants, as well as its scope and excellence of its programs in education, horticulture, plant research and conservation. Learn more at dbg.org.