Sunday, October 29, 2006

Paper mosaics, paper quilts: Karen Jacobs's bokusho paintings

Almost like black and white photographs that can't quite be identified, or, as in the case of her "Reversi," like faded indigo cloth torn from an unknown whole, Karen Jacobs's paintings are incredibly evocative and exciting... I love how they toe the line between abstraction and figuration, energetic chaos and reigned-in order.

This watercolor of a sycamore is one step on the evolutionary ladder, believe it or not, of Karen's bokushu paintings. The (illustrated) story of the paintings' development from figural to abstract can be found here.



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