• Queens Botanical Garden (Visitor & Administration Building) (map)
  • 43-50 Main Street
  • Flushing, NY, 11355

2019 New Work Grantee, Nancy Paola Paredes, presents a new series of collagraphs:

”Marbles in the Valley”
Opening Reception: September 28th, 2019 3-5pm
On view: September 13 through December 22
Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor & Administration Building
43-50 Main St Flushing, NY 11355

“Marbles in the Valley is an exhibition of prints and photographs that portrays nostalgic landscapes reminiscent of the native countries of the borough’s diverse communities. Born and raised in Corona, Queens to Honduran parents, artist Nancy Paredes depicts the distorted memories of immigrants and the imaginings of a first generation. This exhibition centers around a series of collagraphs of abstract landscapes printed from the layering of plastic bags. Accompanying the collagraphs are otherworldly photographs that extend into a different timeline, offering a second perspective of these familiar places. Traveling through remembrance and interpretation, these visual memories reveal a storytelling of home between immigrants and their children. The artist unites the fleeting worlds of migrant families into a new space, materializing the redefinition of culture in a distant settlement.”

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“Once an industrial dump referred to as the “Valley of Ashes” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and the Queens Botanical Garden are today places of communal recreation. Paredes’ use of plastic bags replicates the Park and Garden’s histories by becoming a landfill turned landscape. On its path to becoming a new dimension, plastic shifts into the realm of cross generation memories through its imprints. As a mediator between worlds, plastic becomes a vehicle to discuss the pollution of our physical home and a portal to the recognizable yet unknown sights of our memory.”

FREE with Garden Admission: $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $2 for kids 12 and under
View more about the exhibition at queensbotanical.org

Images and Text courtesy of the artist