Wander through the threaded prairie flowers at the new Wisconsin-inspired Chazen exhibit

Cascades of massive botanical images by Amanda McCavour drape the modernist marble architecture of Paige Court in the Chazen Museum of Art.

Cascades of massive botanical images drape the modernist marble architecture of Paige Court in the Chazen Museum of Art. It’s Wisconsin’s native flora writ large — enormous, really — by Canadian embroiderer and artist Amanda McCavour, whose devotion to nature is mirrored only by the seeming magic of her process.

“Suspended Landscapes: Thread Drawings by Amanda McCavour” runs through Sept. 11 in the lobby of the museum’s Elvehjem Building on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. The exhibit is a combination of imagery in both actual and monumental sizes. Plants spun from thread appear to hover without evident support, inviting viewers to walk under, rather than through, fields of wildflowers.

“I want viewers to notice the plant life around us and understand just where we fit into this world,” McCavour says. “I believe we save these kinds of genetic materials for the future, but at the same time they enable us to look back. I wanted a piece with a suspended reality, but I also wanted surrealism and a dreamy sort of place.”

Michael Muckian is a contributing writer for Madison Magazine. Reach him at mmuckian@icloud.com.

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