Amelia Rina

  • picks June 01, 2018

    Summer Wheat

    The experience of viewing Summer Wheat’s paintings and sculptures for the first time produces an inordinate number of pleasurable surprises. From afar, her large-scale wall pieces playfully fluctuate between being tapestries and paintings; yet upon closer inspection, they are indeed both. Wheat works by pushing thick, claylike paint through sheets of mesh. The resulting textures resemble rich, woven textiles, or rows of tassels.

    Wheat’s subject matter also rewards prolonged contemplation. In Gamekeepers (all works 2018), different kinds of animals, including a horse, snake, bear, and fish, blend