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Catherine Stine

Sunnen Gallery

Catherine Stine reenergizes the genre of landscape painting, transforming it into a medium of active engagement that reflects a deep concern with the earth’s survival. In Rainforest Fire, 1992, forms accrete in crisscrossing and heaving painterly passages suggesting the interdependency of vegetal, mineral, and animal. What appear, at first glance, to be simply parts of leaves, plant stems, and stalks metamorphose, upon more sustained scrutiny, into flames and marine creatures. Stine’s descriptive style becomes a metaphor for natural diversity even as she negotiates the tension inherent to the combination of abstract and minutely detailed surfaces.

Under the reflective glare of the high-toned coloration Stine favors, so arresting in both Rainforest Fire and Pod Field with Turtle, shapes take on an almost sci-fi ambiguity, adding yet another dimension to the meaning of her work. In these and

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