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Fatsia Japonica/Garden Fans

Martha Jackson Jarvis (b. 1952)

184.15 x 133.35 cm (72 1/2 x 52 1/2 in.)
mixed media, black walnut ink, watercolor, oil, wax, raw pigment, collage, photo transfer lithograph, digital print

Not on view


As a legacy of the Martha Jackson Jarvis museum exhibition and garden installation Outside/IN, Dumbarton Oaks acquired this painting for display in the Oak Room of the Fellowship House. The painting is exemplary of Jackson Jarvis’s work in several respects: it shows her interest in images and materials found in nature; it reveals her technique of copying, printing, and collaging source material and then painting over it with expressive, gestural washes and brushed colors. The result is not a literal image of a plant, but something more like seeing leaves in the wind or water. And the title, Fatsia Japonica, refers to a flowering plant native to southern Japan, southern Korea, and Taiwan, which is commonly grown as an ornamental in warm climates and as a house plant in colder places.