||Fine Arts. Growing up on the Minnesota/Canadian border surrounded by trees and water, Casanova’s visual vocabulary assembled itself from snake nests, rabbit’s fur and icicles. Her family owned sled dogs instead of a television. On one of their sled dog runs, they came across a fresh wolf kill. All that remained was a ten foot swath of red and a few tufts of deer fur punctuating the crisp, glistening snow. It is images like these that define the unnerving beauty Casanova strives to unearth in her art. She is fascinated by human perceptions of nature and draw on conventions such as the curiosity cabinet, the expedition, the nature book, and the natural history museum for inspiration. Casanova works with both material and living organisms to create visual experiences in which sensation trumps language. In her surreal creations, fungi grow out of furniture, crustaceans crawl on heads, and land masses float. Casanova strives to create poetic moments that examine our human relationship to the natural world.