Laurel Roth’s solo show, “Flight of the Dodo,” looked something like an artificial natural history museum at last Thursday’s opening at Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco. Tucked away in the back gallery of the industrial space, sculptures were neatly lined up throughout the room like rare specimens. Two peacocks made from individually-painted, artificial fingernails and hair clips flaunted their large wingspans while a polished, wood carving of a dodo hung altar-like, facing the viewers from the back of the gallery like a religious icon. The ritualistic placement of the dodo was no accident: Roth intended the exhibition to be a shrine to extinct and endangered species. The different pieces in the show demonstrated the breadth of the artist’s tactile talents, from weaving to sculpting to carving. Take a look at our exclusive photos from the opening reception below.
Laurel Roth with her work