Through the media of painting, sculpture and installation, my work investigates a personal connection with the natural world. This interdisciplinary approach allows me to create works that play between seeing oneself as an intrinsic part of the natural landscape, as well as an observer of it.
I cover objects of nature with hand-dyed crocheted threads in an attempt to prop up or put back what has been abandoned, broken. As bandage or cozy, these support structures investigate the relationship between nurturing and controlling nature. The meticulous act of crocheting mimics the instinct to nurture and protect what is viable, what is becoming precious. As in gilding, these false skins imbue the objects with an assumed desirability or value; the wrapping becomes an act of veneration. Although futile in its attempt at archiving and preservation, it suggests optimism. My interest in the objects extends from the notion of landscape and how we not only experience, but also negotiate with the natural world.
Esther Traugot received her BFA from the University of California Berkeley in 2005 and her MFA from Mills College in 2009. Traugots work has been exhibited in the Bay Area at venues such as the College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, and the Berkeley Art Center. Her work is on view at, and is part of the permanent collection, at Neiman Marcus in Walnut Creek and in Beverly Hills. Traugot exhibited in "ego/eco: Environmental Art for Collective Consciousness" at Cal State Fullerton in L.A., has exhibited in "Nurtured Nature" at Muriel Guepin Gallery in NYC, the Samek Art Museum in Lewisburg, PA. Internationally her work has been exhibited in Florilegio in Bogota Columbia, and was shown at the Art Paris Art Fair 2014, and currently at Miami Art Fair 2015, Miami FL. Her work can be viewed in Fibershed, at the Marin Community Foundation through January 15, 2016, and then in Bird In Hand at the Palo Alto Art Center, January 16- April 10, 2016. She is represented at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary Gallery in Oakland, CA. Esther Traugot currently lives and works in Sebastopol, California.