Allison Stewart - Closer #16

Allison Stewart

In this exhibition Stewart returns to her roots in biology. She collects scientific data and actual newspaper accounts of the devastation caused by water to use as a starting point for her subject matter. Actual and invented map notations initiate the painting process. From there she tackles the fundamental issues of painting; figure- ground, color and line, space and flatness, fluidity and transparency. Forms appear and recede under layers of paint and glazes. Visual choices are made, painted over, revisited, removed. Botanical shapes appear, referencing the landscape and the dependence of all living things on water. The paintings become spatially ambiguous “floating worlds.” Stewart’s process is one of inquiry into the nature of life and the nature of art.