Inspired by both contemporary feminist artists and practitioners of traditional domestic arts, in “Batik Weeds” Amy Madden handprints flora onto paper; makes rubbings of textured surfaces, layers and scrapes beeswax, applies washes of color; overlays patterns and forms to define space and finally adds sewing by hand or machine. The intimate size of these paintings, the use of traditional feminine practices such as embroidery and the use of thread, wax and tacks all add to the delicacy and tactility of each piece.
Laura Radwell’s attention is drawn to “strangely poignant” variations in color and geometry found in the surface deterioration of common objects. “The work begins when she photographs aspects of the world, for instance corroded metal, textured tree bark, chipping paint, that point to imperfection and impermanence. From these photographs, she creates a palette, layering them as if applying colors from tubes of paint. The images begin to lose their literal quality and are transformed into abstractions that invite the viewer to suspend habitual perception. Something imagined is created out of something real. Radwell’s most recent work is based on her impressions of Berlin, a city she has explored intensely over the past decade. Here her process is also informed by the compelling details of history she finds everywhere. At Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street, 518.697.0266