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Stephanie Kirschen-Cole

Tibor De Nagy Gallery

In this exhibition of recent mixed-media collages, Stephanie Kirschen-Cole showed herself to be an artist who delights in the sheer physicality of the materials she employs. Using various kinds of paper, canvas, silk, dye, and pigment, she shows a distinct talent for creating objects with an exuberant air and evocative presence about them. However physically appealing the treatment of their surfaces might be, these works appeal equally to the mind’s eye.

Polaska/da Vinci, 1989, is one of a group of collages featuring stamps or fragments of envelopes. Here, the stamp issued by the Polish government in honor of Leonardo’s well-known portrait of a young woman, which hangs in a museum in Cracow, serves as the central motif of an elaborate frame-in-frame, multiple-layer composition. The artist uses different-sized “frames,” such as red stitching and needlepoint, as well as contrasting textures

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