Sombra, 2020

Mixed Media

Mica flakes, glass beads, sumi ink, glitter, and silver leaf on sequin fabric

64.00 x 60.00 in

162.6 x 152.4 cm

Unique Work

Signed and dated on verso


About The Work

Nebulous and spectral, the works in this exhibition are optically elusive, ever-shifting by Tallmadge’s shimmering blend of alchemy. Possessing an active and seducing luminosity, the paintings act as gilded receptors harnessing light and their environment. These are both outward and inward works. They take one in like floating celestial bodies of a boundless atmosphere, while offering a deep dose of introspective immersion, a meditative space where the complexities of the works are unveiled over time.

Behind the lure of the sparkle, Tallmadge renegotiates the bodily and imaginative implications of glitter and sequins, continuing her examination of the politics of beauty and surface. The artist begins each work on reversible sequin fabric, feminizing the surface while setting the topographies onto which she accumulates layers of decorative materials, carrying associations of the beauty industry, costume, and inherently, the feminine body. The work is then re-contextualized by the language of Formalism, particularly that of monochrome painting, historically and drastically a male-dominant field.

Courtesy of Carvalho Park

About Rosalind Tallmadge

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