Tuesday, May 27, 2014

William Siegal Gallery Presents Signe Stuart

Quinacra Crossings, acrylic on stitched canvas, 54 x 90"


Signe Stuart's show Continuum will open on Friday, May 30th with a reception from 5-7 at William Siegal Gallery in Santa Fe.  Continuum is the culmination of a lifetime of work resulting in an arc of related tendencies.  Certain recurring themes, materials and techniques anchor the work in "a history of possible outcomes connected by thought."  For example, her use of stitching to modify canvas and paper, pursued at times throughout her career, resurfaces in the current work, including this illustrated painting, Quinacra Crossings.  

"Sewing is a way of drawing lines and physically integrating them into the canvas surface.  I am drawn to the tactile quality of sewn lines.  Like Braille, they are messages.  Their low relief casts shadows, changing with the time of day and sources of light."  The effect is a subtle glow as seen in her recent Lux series.

Moving easily between organic and geometric themes, Stuart's work is unified by her intuitive use of line and color.  As she says, "the lines relate to my interest in the physics of light" while "in paintings, colors... are carriers of mood and meaning."

Continuum can be seen through June 24th at William Siegal Gallery, 540 S. Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe.

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