By Joe Wyatt

From Elizabeth Mellotts study of honeybees sprang a photographic project called A Delicate Nature which, as she explains, brings to light the fragile balance and interconnectedness of our ecosystem.

Comprised of silver gelatin photographs (black & white) and cyanotype photograms, her state-of-the-environment project is on display now through March 24 at Amarillo Colleges Southern Light Gallery.

The gallery is located on the first floor of the Ware Student Commons on AC’s Washington Street Campus and is free and open to the public.

Mellott, a professor of photography at Collin College in Plano, Texas, boldly incorporates a mix of mediums into her work, the majority of which is alternative and sculptural, yet with an emphasis on photography.

In developing A Delicate Nature, which she began in 2016 upon becoming a beekeeper, Mellott came to understand and appreciate the barriers that bees face for survival.

As man continues to alter the natural order of the environment, we must work diligently to understand the synergy of our ecosystem and create a healthy landscape for nature to flourish, Mellott said. I aim for this project to bring awareness and appreciation of the natural state of the environment.

Conceptually, Mellott creates art pertaining to social concerns, and she exhibits internationally. Her work is housed in collections including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the University of North Texas in Denton, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Ariz.

For more information about the Elizabeth Mellott photo exhibit or the Southern Light Gallery, please contact Rene West, associate professor of photography, at rwest@actx.edu or 806-345-5654.