from Antiques & The Arts, 1/18/2002
Mitsch’s “Datura Series” Unfurls at ClampArt
Mitsch's 'Datura Series' focuses on the narcotic and deadly datura
plant of the nightshade family.
YORK CITY - ClampArt now represents West Coast artist Doris Mitsch.
A selection of images from the artist's "Datura Series"
can be seen at the ClampArt website, www.clampart.com.
is a flowering plant of the nightshade family with funnel-shaped flowers
and prickly pods. The leaves and seeds of datura are the source of
hallucinogenic alkaloids, which have, for 3,000 years, been ingested
for both religious and recreational purposes. In adequate doses, however,
the active drugs found in datura can also serve as a poison that will
stop the heart. Datura releases its unmistakable, narcotic scent in
the darkness of night.
and foremost, the flowers of datura are sex organslike those
of any plant. Mitsch is interested in the implication and relation
of all of these facts.
photographic prints of Mitsch's "Datura Series" are rich,
matte prints on heavy, textured, Arches cold-press watercolor.
information, contact Brian Paul Clamp, gallery director.