Susi Brister: ''Fantastic Habitat''

Photographer Susi Brister is a landscape artist, but she says her work is influenced more by Jim Henson than by Ansel Adams. Her new exhibit, ''Fantastic Habitat,'' now at Lawndale Art Center, displays her photographs of ambiguous forms covered in fur or fabric that are inserted into natural landscapes. ''My previous work was about the form and less about the landscape. Now it's about how those forms are interacting with the landscape, how they're trying to adapt to a new environment as if it were its new natural habitat.'' In one piece, Brister has covered a form with fabric showing a mountain range and photographed that form in front of a similar landscape. ''My desire is to bridge the gap between real and make-believe. At the very heart of it, I'm really tied to the land, tied to nature. I'm interested in investigating how, in this contemporary world, we still connect with that.''

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