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Evelyn Statsinger

Jan Cicero Gallery

Evelyn Statsinger’s recent paintings are obsessions: images of great personal fantasy subjected to even greater pictorial manipulation. Nature percolates in and around her pictures, its substance rendered into painstaking and fastidiously described pattern. Statsinger’s motifs bear a kind of decorative magic, which is realized through a sinuous interlacing so constant and intense as to evoke memories of Celtic manuscripts. Line and contour drive these paintings assuredly to their conclusions, leaving subsidiary issues such as color and space in their wake.

Statsinger interprets nature as botany, and botany as biology. Sassacricket High, 1987, projects a sense of chlorophyll run amuck, an incessant fecundity that oozes and weaves its way across the canvas. The world here is simultaneously micro- and macrocosmic, with leaves and tendrils evoked and catalogued both as individual living things

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