Carey Maxon

Carey Maxon’s drawings emerge from an accumulation of repetitive yet irregular marks. As seen in her oil on linen painting No Horizon (2012), sometimes she covers surfaces in hand-painted black dots–not a single one perfectly round–so that they take on an Op Art effect, faces or figures barely perceptible within a mosaic-like pattern. In other works, such as her Influence Schematic screenprint series, the dots themselves become the figure–each one an individual that possesses a unique size and outline. Here, a figure-ground relationship is established by the underscoring of equally idiosyncratic lines that bumpily meander up and down the page, grouping several dots together or breaking off to single others off. The imperfections of Maxon’s dots and lines imbue abstraction with pulsating humanity.