Claiming The Light
October 1-31, 2021
First Saturday Opening: October 2, 5-8pm
Third Thursday Artist Talk at the gallery: October 21, 7-8pm
For years I’ve used gouache translucently on white watercolor paper, reveling in the luminosity glowing through thinned washes of color, and celebrating the pop of pigment when more vibrancy was needed.
But I’ve always known gouache is a versatile medium.
Recently I started playing with gouache on blue or tan or especially black paper, and found the effect quite compelling, even if a bit counterintuitive. Instead of feeling dark and heavy, the contrast of color seems even more brilliant.
Painting on black paper requires choosing space for the color, committing to the paint, and claiming the light.
The duality of meaning is not lost on me and speaks to my mantra of looking up and seeking the the good, especially in the face of doubt and darkness. Every moment spent practicing this helps to quiet my heart.
This body of work is my newest exploration of my favorite medium.
— Kesra Hoffman
See the entire show here.