Lynn Randolph

Graham Gallery

To fathom the meaning of most artworks, a viewer must negotiate the perils of interpreting the works by relying on the assumed intentions of the artist, a process that often involves inherent contradictions, potential deceptions, or false premises. Such pitfalls are likely in the case of Lynn Randolph’s paintings because the insistent, even beguiling presence of her spectrally realistic images seems entirely dependent on an unfailing belief in the power of representation to bear symbolic meaning. This utter faith in representation—a faith that has been questioned often in this century—empowers the work through what we might call an economy of pragmatic assumptions. These assumptions are tied to a traditional notion of a healing spirit intrinsic to the artistic process. For Randolph, its countenance is decidedly female—the true face of creative being—and through her art she endeavors to

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