Blanche Nettles Powers – Billie
October 17 - November 16, 2019
Nettles Powers’ studio practice is centered on experimentation and discovery, engaging with materials in an improvisational manner. Swatches of textiles and images of handwoven carpets are used as source material, as an entry-point into the painting. Thin layers of oil paint are applied and worked into the linen, emphasizing the irregular weave and rough nubs of the surface. Layers are scrubbed away and new layers reapplied. Overtime a translucency develops. Initial marks, made with rags, brushes and pours, rise to the surface and intertwine with fresh marks, creating a new warp and weft.