Harrison Center for the Arts; through
In order to evoke the elements, Carolyn
Springer experiments with texture and media in her paintings.
In “Indianapolis Spirit,”
materials include encaustic, oil, beeswax varnish, and sea salt. This
contributes to a layered cityscape, with top layers obscuring lower
ones in expressive gestures. Looming above Indianapolis is a
painterly cloud that seems to have resulted from a forceful
horizontal stroke and then upside-down drip work.
The physicality of media in this
painting, not to mention the smoldering gold leaf in “Earth’s
Sudden Heat I” and “Earth’s Sudden Heat II,”
contrast with the lighter work in the exhibition’s second room.
There, the paintings are in the style
of Japonisme, drawing upon Springer's recent travel to Japan.
“Kyoto Soul” shows a Japanese garden obscured by a thick,
painterly mist, and Springer softens the image with petals.
Particularly through textural
experimentation, Elemental commands respect for nature's power
while also revealing its beauty.