For more than 25 years Suzanne Styrk (b. 1953, Chicago IL) has recorded her experiences with nature in sketchbooks that are both journals of walks near her Bristol, Virginia home, and scientific documents of the flora and fauna she observes. These pages have served as foundations for hundreds of mixed-media works that blend the natural history of a place with Stryk's own direct experiences with each environment.
Stryk's first Taubman museum exhibition debuts a new series of assemblages that were inspired by Thomas Jefferson's book Notes on the State of Virginia (1781). Like Jefferson's detailed account in both the places Jefferson described as well as the five ecologically distinct regions of the state: Tidewater, Piedmont, Blue Ridge, Valley and Ridge, and the Appalachian Plateau.