About this work of Art
Wendy Skinner Smith. New York MOMA 4.
Wendy Skinner Smith is interested in reflection and the reconstruction of reality. They are the process and product of time to stand and stare. Her fascination with paint and surfaces has led her to work into the paint to create textured glazes and strong areas of flat or modulated colour. This use of frottage brings the excitement of controlling the accidental. An identifiable image is distorted through reflection and modified perspective.
This original painting is in oil on board and is built up using textured glazes alongside strong areas of modulated colour. This means there is always the excitement of managing different qualities of paint in a highly structured compositions. An identifiable image is modified by reflection and/or perspective.
In the Manhattan work she was engaged by the ambiguity of reflections contained within the insistent order of grids, alongside a sublime blue verticality. Her paintings explore the complexity and beauty of a transitory world where seemingly solid and monumental buildings reflect a moment in time. The effects of light and glass reconstruct a reality of air and space, on and in, through and back. The images are often inconsistent with a single time with photographic sources being merged from different times of day. The Museum of Modern Art and the surrounding area feature heavily as source material. The predominance of glass makes this a ‘blue’ city with ever changing and often fractured images.
- Size : H 122 cm x W 91 cm