Cindee Travis Klement Symbiosis
About the Exhibition
In Symbiosis, local artist Cindee Travis Klement creates a work of living land art in Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden that introduces local color, texture, and variation through a variety of native plants. This ongoing project reimagines the urban landscape and answer the question: how do we holistically restore an ecological balance that can coexist in Houston with nature in an art venue? Symbiosis is a catalyst for change. For ongoing updates visit the artist’s website here.
Symbiosis is made possible in part through the City’s Initiative Grant and the Garden Club of Houston.
About the Artists
Cindee Travis Klement (B.1957 Dell City/El Paso, Texas) is a Houston-based visual artist who works in sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, and social sculpture. Her recent work addresses conservation issues, looking specifically at living soil’s ability to sequester carbon, soak up rainwater, and support wildlife. Past works address wind erosion, native bees, and recovery from Hurricane Harvey. Her work records our natural history to the collective memory so that it will no longer be endangered knowledge. She recently installed Endangered Knowledge: The Soul of Humus for Sculpture Month Houston 2021, a large-scale and site-specific sculpture that researches and represents the deep environmental interrelationships between bison, grass and carbon. Symbiosis, a living piece of site-specific art activism in process, reimagines the Lawndale Art Center Sculpture garden’s traditional urban landscape and answers the question: How do we holistically restore an ecological balance in Houston? Her monumental collection of fifty 30″ X 44″ watercolor monotypes, Rumblings, draws attention to the unseen and endangered 20,000 species of wild bees. Klement completed the BLOCK Program at The Glassell School of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston in 2018. She was named a finalist for the Artadia Award in 2020 and 2021. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed “August 24th, 2021, Cindee Klement Day” for her work to revitalize the community through art and conservation.