Artworks, Through the Eyes of Artists

LA County Arboretum

Karen Hochman Brown, LA County Arboretum

Project Description

Brilliant green, blue, iron and orange converge in a kaleidoscopic photomontage, recalling the famed peacocks, historic rail tracks and blossoming aloe that one might encounter at the Arboretum.

Karen Hochman Brown, LA County Arboretum

Karen Hochman Brown, LA County Arboretum

Artist Statement

“I was inspired by many non-native species co-existing in harmony, much like the kaleidoscope of people from across the globe who live in Los Angeles County. I manipulated photographs I took of peacocks, aloe blooms and historic railroad tracks at the Arboretum into a multi-layered form resembling a rising sun emerging from the horizon. Aligned in perfect symmetry, the composition is a balance of animal, vegetable and mineral (peacock, aloe and iron) coming together to celebrate the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens.”

About the Artist

KAREN HOCHMAN BROWN (b. 1958, Santa Barbara, California) creates mandala-like photocollages that digitally fuse mathematical precision and aesthetic beauty. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Pitzer College and a post-graduate teaching credential from California College of the Arts. She continued her studies in graphic design at Art Center College of Design and the University of California, Los Angeles, and designed and taught a high school course marrying geometry and art. Hochman Brown’s work has been included in exhibitions throughout Los Angeles County and New York. She is the recipient of several awards, including an artist residency from the Los Angeles County Arboretum Library.