Natural Geometries with Rachael Wren
By Sarah Allen Eagen, contributor
Rachael Wren creates large-scale landscape paintings using a precise and technical method that incorporates geometry and stylistic pointillism. The dense, luminous atmosphere of these paintings is inspired by natural phenomena and implements mathematical precision to structure ephemeral sensation. Through an accumulation of small, repeated brush marks, her work explores the tension between architecture and space, to create a sense of place where the borders between background and foreground dissolve.
Wren’s piece Threshold is a 36 inch by 36 inch abstract painted canvas in shades of blue, green and purple. The piece is at once nonrepresentational and seemingly of nature. Wren’s work examines moments in nature when air has a tangible presence, for instance when fog intersects the landscape. Wren uses geometry to structure the unknown. Her painting Blue Yonder is a 20 inch by 20 inch canvas. The work seems to fold into a dark section in the center of the painting, mingling form and space in an organized way. Wren renders the composition with eye-fooling exactitude, achieving an impressive sense of space. Both witty and serious, she plays a game of tromp l’oeil with us, raising questions about the nature of perception.
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