Piece description from the artist
An essence of California's Wild in a spare bouquet. This particular project was inspired by a large swath of habitat temporarily wiped out by the 2018 Woolsey Fire. This artwork portrays fragrant sages that grow wild on the coastal chaparral, the delicate food-producing blossoms of manzanita and redbud and the pollinator powerhouse and medicinal herb yarrow.
To create it, I explored native habitats, photographed samples, used collage and designed urban and residential preplanned gardens for mass market. The aim: to spread the useful plants of the wild into the realm of the everyday. The plants are selected for their edible, medicinal and wildlife merits, their ease of care and beauty.
Briana Lyon is a boundary breaking artist who uses art, land, and design as her canvas. She began her work as an avante garde painter and has exhibited her work in private collections across North America, most notably she was hosted for a visual artist residency at the prestigious Banff Centre. She also worked with renowned artist Gordon Halloran in the creation of the massive "Ice Gate 2010" for the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. In addition to her personal art practice, Briana is a sought-after art historian and analyst. She has traveled the world researching contentious paintings for authentication.
Raised in Los Angeles, California, she splits her life between her home state and British Columbia, Canada. Her fascination with plant life ran parallel to her art career. A deeply trained permaculture designer, Briana has spent the last decade studying experimental ecologies, environmental decay, the transformation of organic systems, and natural paint making processes. Soil, plants, and land have become her second canvas as a means to heal both people and the planet. Her experimental land art projects and forest installations are used for private, commercial, and public benefit. In 2014 she founded C A L I F I A E C O Designs, a boutique landscape firm, to make ecological design attractive and accessible to conscious home and business owners.
Briana Lyon has studied at Art Center College of Design, Dodge School of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University, The University of British Columbia and Verge Permaculture Design Institute. She currently resides in British Columbia with her daughter on 1.5 acres of pristine land.