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  Laura Watt
November 19 - December 19, 2009
 
 
Laura Watt's brightly colored oil paintings and gouache drawings are geometric in form and densely patterned. She favors repeated structures--predominately rectangular and diamond-shaped--and forms set within forms. These are arranged in spiraling and spinning compositions, almost kaleidoscopic, and are never entirely hard-edged; instead the paintings have organic movement and painterly irregularities. Other works are distinctly linear in feel, with web-like grids encasing geometric shapes that bulge and undulate across the surface. While the paintings possess affinities with Op and psychedelic painting, Watt has long been interested in painting as a transcendent activity and abstraction as a means of spiritual expression. She cites influences as far-ranging as Buddhist mandalas, Arabic tiles, Pygmy bark cloths, Amish quilts and Scottish tartans, to name a few. With their use of geometric pattern as the primary image structure and repetition as an underlying working method, Watt believes these methods create a bridge between the maker and the receiver, and notes that "working repetitively, with intention, puts one in a meditative state, just as the contemplation of these patterns does. We meet in the pattern." For the artist, pattern is metaphoric and suggestive as well as a reminder of the infinite.
 
 
50402, 2004
Oil on canvas
36 x 34 inches

Primary Forms, Blue, 2008
Oil on canvas
66 x 33 inches

Mandala Crossed #4, 2009
Oil on linen
40 x 40 inches
 
Mandala Crossed #2, 2009
Oil on linen
40 x 40 inches

Mandala Crossed #3, 2009
Oil on linen
40 x 40 inches

Mandala Crossed #1, 2009
Oil on linen
38 x 38 inches
 
Inside the Rabbit's Ear, 2006
Oil on canvas
56 x 34 inches

Untitled (Space Study), 2007
Oil on canvas
16 x 16 inches

Indra, 2009
Oil on linen
48 x 36 inches
 
Untitled, 2008
Gouache and pencil on paper
21 x 20 inches

Untitled, 2008
Gouache and pencil on paper
20 x 21 inches

Untitled, 2008
Gouache and pencil on paper
21 x 21 inches
 
Untitled, 2008
Gouache and pencil on paper
21 x 21 inches
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