January 07 - February 11, 2017
Artists Website: https://blanchenettlespowers.com/
Her studio practice is centered on experimentation and discovery, engaging with materials in an improvisational manner. Swatches of fabrics and images of handwoven carpets are used as source material, in the early stages of the work, as an entry-point into the painting. Thin layers of oils 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. This method allows the artist to consider feminine traditions of working with textiles, while examining concepts time, decay, and renewal.