Saturday, October 4, 2008

Fontis, by Betsy Stewart (2007)

Each box: 5"x5"x5"
Acrylic and Sumi Ink on wood

www.betsystewartpaintings.com

I've just recently discovered Betsy Stewart's work. One of the things I appreciate is how she seems to literally "build" a painting, creating a sculptural object that projects itself off of the wall and into the viewer's space. In person, we would be drawn into looking at these paintings from every angle. Her work could be defined as a kind of abstracted "landscape." However, the effect is that of being able to go to microscopic level of nature, then retrieving a "cross-section" sample of nature for us to study. If you go to her website and look up some of her other works, you'll find this same approach to studying nature, but in the form of totems and other vertical, sometimes free-standing columns.

1 comment:

Michael said...

seems very "Target"
Is that to mean?