Stop Being Facetious
Kelsey Ann Horn
This particular work examines how contrast in light creates texture. By magnifying the subject so that it fills the canvas entirely, the image becomes a topographic map of light and dark; it becomes abstracted beyond its recognizable form in space. I began examining florals particularly because of the ephemeral, delicate, materiality of the petals that compiles and creates masses and crevices. I paint with calculated brush strokes to build flat planes and sharp edges, simplifying the varying dimensions into a handful of tints of the same color. The pattern emanates from the sporadic repetition of these darks and lights, which at a certain volume, becomes textural.
This work is featured as part of the 2017 Alumni Exhibition: “Ambiguities/Innuendoes? Go Fish.”, on view at the Stamps Gallery in Ann Arbor. Check the exhibition page for dates, times, and hours.