Grace DeGennaro

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Grace, DeGennaro, Night, 2016, oil on linen, 78x48"
Grace, DeGennaro, Night, 2016, oil on linen, 78x48"
Grace DeGennaro, Night (Detail), 2016, oil on linen, 78x48"
Grace DeGennaro, Day, 2016, oil on linen, 78x48"
Grace DeGennaro, Day (Detail), 2016, oil on linen, 78x48"

Archetypal images and their ability to communicate ideas that transcend language and culture is the subject of my work. My watercolor drawings and oil paintings are rooted in Geometric Abstraction but reference non-Western traditions such as Byzantine mosaics, Navajo weavings and Indian Tantra drawings. Recurrent themes are ritual, growth and the passage of time.

Using the iconic forms of diamonds, triangles and concentric circles in symmetrical associations, the paintings and watercolor drawings offer the viewer access to a sense of time as both ancestral and immediate. I am particularly interested in the vesica piscis form, which results from overlapping circles.  For centuries, this almond shape has been used as a metaphor for the dualities of light and dark, life and death.

Each of my paintings starts from a central axis that divides the support into equal “golden” sections. Often I prepare a dark indigo ground. Starting at the center of a schematic framework, I apply transparent layers and small beads of pigment in a process that combines colors in recurring accretions. The resulting images depict a gnomonic expansion, much like the symmetric growth of a tree or the shell of a nautilus. Though precision is a predominant quality of my work, evidence of my hand renders each piece subtly asymmetrical. Each mark begets and relates to another mark, creating a visible record of time as the surface evolves and the past is seen with the present.

Grace DeGennaro, Day (Detail), 2016, oil on linen, 78x48" 5 months ago
Grace DeGennaro, Day, 2016, oil on linen, 78x48" 5 months ago
Grace DeGennaro, Night (Detail), 2016, oil on linen, 78x48" 5 months ago
Grace, DeGennaro, Night, 2016, oil on linen, 78x48" 5 months ago
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