In Line Revisited, symbols of intellectual tools are cut in linen then stitched. After the canvas is sized, dramatically decorated black chiffon voids confer gravitas on empty space. To the left of the equal sign, lines with either two ends or no end add to give the “magic spiral”, a line with only one end having lost its other end to infinity. The complete absence of color in this installation idealizes the heft and vastness of the conscious domain.
In contrast, portraits of the unconscious domain are resplendent with color. Sad and jolly wave packets nearly faithfully reflected through intermezzo windows dance across Communications, classic oil on canvas. In Goodbye!, acrylic on linen, the little wavy packet ends in a spiral.
| Warm acrylic earth colors glow darkly in the
Emerging Trilogy and
Papillon Lapin. Papillon Lapin
is four tiles where different colored hot gels are poured on linen.
As the gel cools, shape and color emerge in a dazzlingly intermingled coherent
whole. In this technique, Nature collaborates with the artist.
Different canvas preparations give each element of Emerging Trilogy a distinct voice. In 593, burnt sienna islands float in a warm umber sea. In 602, a uniform glow burns from within the canvas. In 603, soft umber lines insinuate into the canvas and float to the sky.
The background of Hello! Hello!, stippled modeling paste dusted with dark pigmented powder and varnished, elegantly defines the “primordial ooze” that condenses a chain of primary and secondary colored bubbles. The red cross focusing the turbulent sloshing and jostling of Chevron is in neat contrast to the compact red Amulet peacefully floating under a domed web of blue and purple arches.
In Euclidean Runes, ancient magic symbols thunder out of venerable skies. The velvety texture of poured pigmented gels reverently presents each Rune in bas-relief above mysterious acrylic clouds.
I. von Chaillot
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