jan agate abbarno | artist reception
This body of work has led me beyond exploration of texture, tone, shape and my acoustic linens into a deeper focus on the material themselves -- especially the paper.
What is the edge?
Why is the canvass almost always a rectangle?
Why is the paper almost always a rectangle or square?
Edges do not need to serve as borders but can be dynamic elements in composition itself.
Tearing produces organic marks that give paper independence of its own. Thinner pieces pulled or curled turning in on themselves and created shadows against the backfield adding further interest. I added larger openings that resulted in borderline 3D drawings, or perhaps small paper sculptures in a shadowbox--this is for you to decide.
I hope you enjoy the new work and wish to thank Tim Brooks for inviting me to be his opening artist at Expo 68.