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Color Trope Black, Gray, Reds, Orange, 2011 - Kate Shepherd
About the Work
About Color Trope Black, Gray, Reds, Orange
"Soon after starting to make work at Dieu DonneÌ, I realized that I had to go with the flow of the paper pulp and its requisite processes. Having failed to make thin lines like those in my paintings, I came ...Read More
"Soon after starting to make work at Dieu DonneÌ, I realized that I had to go with the flow of the paper pulp and its requisite processes. Having failed to make thin lines like those in my paintings, I came to realize that pulp was better suited to be used in blocks of color. I opted to work additively as though I was playing with wooden blocks and "build" with the shapes one at a time by spontaneously ripping paper with a straight edge. Just as the lines in my paintings connote three-dimensionality without rendering, the cut shapes could suggest a flattened non-perspectival version of sculptural forms.
"The 2007 Lab Grant residency at Dieu DonneÌ show culminated in an exhibition entitled Schroeder Practices, which referred to the stack of blocks in a Peanuts cartoon and the characters' juvenile seriousness. I aimed for a similar stupid-flat assortment of platonic volumes.
"Recently when I retuned to the mill, I began a new strategy that involved using the second layer of pulp as an overall wall of windows or architectural 'face.' Planar depth could still be suggested but still in a flat way. The method used involved spontaneously cutting paper that I saw as a one-time template or 'resist.' I wanted the images to have a frightening although benign visage."
Artist Statement courtesy of Dieu DonneÌRead Less
About the Artist
About Kate Shepherd
Kate Shepherd's brief training in architecture is evident in her art, which employs geometry and perspective to create bold illusions of depth and space ...Read More
Kate Shepherd's brief training in architecture is evident in her art, which employs geometry and perspective to create bold illusions of depth and space. Structure and her affinity for formalism and minimalism informs much of her work. Mastering linear perspective, Shepherd produces illusions of three-dimensional forms by superimposing many vibrant two-dimensional lines. In many of her paintings and prints, Shepherd uses gradients of blocks of colors to form striking and rhythmic compositions, which vibrate with visual energy. In her sculpture and more monochromatic work, Shepherd achieves a fragmented sense of collapsed geometry. She is known for her mastery of optical intrigue and the psychology of space.Read Less
Unique monotype: stenciled linen pulp paint on cotton base sheet.
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