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Rondeau, 2006 - Kate Shepherd
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"My primary aim in working at Dieu Donné was to work with the paper pulp in such a way as to expose its natural tendencies in its requisite processes and materiality. At first I tried many techniques with the aim ...Read More
"My primary aim in working at Dieu Donné was to work with the paper pulp in such a way as to expose its natural tendencies in its requisite processes and materiality. At first I tried many techniques with the aim to make thin lines like the ones on my paintings. Then, I came to discover how unnatural that was to the paper making process; the pulp begged to be used more sculpturally in blocks of color. We uncovered a variety of ways to outline shapes with the pulp, one of them being to overlay cut paper as a mask and to spray around it….at Dieu Donné, I worked spontaneously from memory without measuring, giving the piece the sense of movement, which its small scale needed. The unsupported tips that extend on the top and bottom articulate that the blue shapes are overlaid on the red. These two equally intense colors were chosen so that they would have the vibrancy of 1960s graphics or an Italian carnival flag. A rondeau is a 17th-century musical form consisting of a refrain alternating with contrasting couplets; I chose the title to reinforce the pairing of the positive and negative layers blue and red."
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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
Pigmented linen blowout on pigmented linen-cotton base sheet.
Signed by the artist on recto, bottom right.
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