Although she dabbles in twee terraria, Monique Capanelli's real strength lies in her living walls - large frames of succulent fronds and greenery. It's difficult to distill the essence of walking, observing, and meditating on the natural world, but Capanelli does so with aplomb. She strikes the perfect balance between representing the secret spaces of beloved spots like the greenbelt - rocky, scrubby, brushy - and the open lawns of Austin's front yards - lush, green, and perky. All-over fields of green remind even the most salty among us that we're just … happier … surrounded by the full array of the botanical world.
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