Rondeau, 2006


Pigmented linen blowout on pigmented linen-cotton base sheet.

15.50 x 12.50 in

39.4 x 31.8 cm

Edition of 15

Signed by the artist on recto, bottom right.

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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 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."

    Artist Statement courtesy of Dieu Donné

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