January 6 – February 12, 2020

Roll Up Project is pleased to present works by P.K. Frizzell. Frizzell creates compelling and enigmatic images reflecting on climate change, memory, and the way humans interact with the world. She uses a variety of media including painting, x-rays, digital media, film, and objects.

In the Harrison Street window, seven works riff on the image of a single tree in a landscape. The largest piece, a painting on wood panel, depicts the tree as a puff of white set against a red sky and green ground. With branches pointing up, it seems to be in a state of surrender. The six pieces surrounding the painting are rendered in color variations that alter the mood of the scene. In one, fresh yellow and green are set against a textured gray ground, and in another, rosy pinks mingle with bright orange and deep umber. Frizzell’s installation presents the tree in various states of abstraction, allowing the viewer to see the tree’s outline in each piece.

A hanging sculpture and a large painting are installed in the Third Street windows. The sculpture is made of a large painted branch draped in dark raffia. The painting is a gestural outline showing branches, trunk and roots in fluid, arcing lines over a white and gray backdrop.

The Last Tree is both an homage to nature and a call to action. Frizzell’s installation hints at a future where there might be one last tree, one final survivor. Her paintings document its weathered branches and the barren landscape it inhabits, and remind the viewer to look closely and deeply at the wildlife in our midst.

About the Artist

P.K. Frizzell is a mixed-media artist based in Berkeley. Using a combination of works on paper, paintings, x-rays, photographs, sculpture, and digital media, she explores subjects ranging from memory to climate change. Her work has been exhibited throughout California, including exhibitions at Rena Bransten Gallery (San Francisco), Mercury 20 Gallery (Oakland), and the Muckenthaler Cultural Center (Los Angeles). Frizzell studied art at UC Berkeley, and established a ceramics studio in the 1970s. Her ceramic sculptures have been included in over 25 American Craft Council exhibitions.

Learn more about Frizzell’s work at http://pkfrizzell.com/


The Last Tree 1, 2019-2020
mixed media
11 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches
The Last Tree 3, 2019-2020
mixed media
8 3/4 x 12 inches
The Last Tree 6, 2019-2020
mixed media
18 x 14 inches
The Last Tree 7, 2019-2020
mixed media
18 x 14 inches
The Last Tree 8, 2019-2020
mixed media
18 x 14 inches


The Last Tree 9, 2019
mixed media on wood panel
40 x 30 inches
photo courtesy of artist