Sarah Bienvenu: Taking Time: Thirty Years of Painting New Mexico

Sarah Bienvenu: Taking Time: Thirty Years of Painting New Mexico

By: MaLin Wilson-Powell (author), Karla Winterowd (foreword_author)Paperback

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For thirty years, Sarah Bienvenu's experiences painting and exploring New Mexico's mountains, canyons, and deserts have given her a unique ability to disentangle and interpret these past layers of change. She finds beauty in nature's ability to reveal accidental compositions through patterns and asymmetry: "I look to the land to tell me how best to paint it, using the natural abstract shapes I see." Being attuned to such abstractions--the undulations of a dry riverbed, the jaggedness of rock against sky--is where abstraction becomes detail: detail of texture, detail of shape, detail of light and color and composition. Watercolors provide the perfect medium for matching the immense variation and subtlety of Bienvenu's subject. A closer look reveals that each individual element, as in nature, harmonizes with the collective whole. Realism is discovered in consonance: from a cast of light to a balance of colors.

About Author

MaLin Wilson-Powell is an art writer, curator, editor, and lecturer whose career has alternated between independent projects and curatorial work. She is a contributing editor to numerous Santa Fe regional art publications and has published twenty-five museum catalogues and more than three hundred articles in magazines and newspapers, including ART-FORUM, Art Issues, and the Los Angeles Times.

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  • ISBN13: 9781934491188
  • Format: Paperback
  • ID: 9781934491188
  • ISBN10: 1934491187

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