“The ‘Feast of Flowers’ should thus be considered an example of an art that transcends its own categorization as art by being engaged in opening up a new experiential access to the object domain it is representing, rather than by being acknowledged as an important representation itself.”
- Dr. Hans-Herbert Kögler in "Art as Dialogue: The Rediscovery of Nature After Modernism" as published in "Feast of Flowers: Selected Text & Catalogue," 2012
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida
December 18, 2012 - April 7, 2013
Feast of Flowers is a multi-disciplinary project that critically investigates new ways of understanding Florida’s history, environmental aesthetics, and the human place within the natural order. Comprised of an exhibition and a curated digital publication, Feast of Flowers celebrates the 500th anniversary of the naming of Florida by Spanish Conquistador Ponce de Leon.
Overlooking historic museum gardens and the St. Johns River, the exhibition of large-scale paintings of native flora, fauna, and landscape endemic to Florida was held at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Inspired by altarpieces of instructional purposes, I created multi-panel segmented paintings that narrate a particular way of seeing nature. I mediated my personal experiences in nature through these paintings to create representational depictions of the state of Florida.
The title, Feast of Flowers, is a translation of the Spanish “Pascua de Florida,” the name laid to the land on Easter Sunday 1513. The use of this title signals my attempt to explore the idea of natural resources as consumable commodities, while embracing the conceptual history of hungry European settlers in “la Florida’s” bountiful banquet and Ponce de Leon’s painstaking search of the mythological Fountain of Youth.
In conjunction with the exhibition includes a digital publication that seeks to explain Florida’s unique environmental and social landscape. This curated, interdisciplinary document features responses from voices of various disciplines and serves as a cultural critique of our state.
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Folio Weekly Cover Story, Flower Power, print, article by Kara Pounds, December 11, 2012
Arbus, Draper's Feast of Flowers, print, essay by Dr. Debra Murphy, January/Feburary 2013
EU Jacksonville, Food for Thought, print, article by Jon Bosworth, January 8, 2013
The Florida Times-Union, Art of environmental beauty; Jim Draper's 'Feast of Flowers' explores nature as 'consumable and vulnerable', print, article by Charlie Patton, December 18, 2012
Void, 5 Artists You Should Know About, interviews by Kayla Beckmann & Guy Barnhart, November 2012
Folio Weekly, The Eye: Draper's Feast of Flowers, print, photos by Jade Douso, January 2013
Folio Weekly, The Eye: Draper's Feast of Flowers Digital Publication Release Party, print, photos by Walter Coker, December 2012
Florida Native Plant Society, Feast of Flowers: A One Man Show at the Cummer Museum, digital, article by Ginny Stibolt, January 20, 2013
Florida Native Plant Society Blog, Ponce De Leon, Celebrating La Florida, Jim Draper and the Feast of Flowers, digital, article by Laurie Sheldon, June 2, 2013
Jacksonville Magazine, The Legend Series 5 at Dee Dot Timberlands: Feast of Flowers, print, article by Joseph White and photos by Agnes Lopez, March 2013
EU Jacksonville, JIM DRAPER nature to nurture, print, article by Jon Bosworth, August 29, 2012
Starehouse, Green Mind, digital, interview by Dan Brown, April 10, 2013