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Rachelle Sawatsky, Heart Break Confusion Disaster, 2014, chalk pastel on paper, 21 1/4 × 27 1/4".

Rachelle Sawatsky

Harmony Murphy Gallery

Rachelle Sawatsky, Heart Break Confusion Disaster, 2014, chalk pastel on paper, 21 1/4 × 27 1/4".

Last spring, Rachelle Sawatsky mounted five pastel-hued unglazed ceramics and one large, aqueous cerulean canvas to the walls of the Finley Gallery in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Glimpsed through the street-level windows, the wall sculptures gave an effect of unprepossessing smallness that nevertheless betrayed an abundance of care, perhaps disproportionate to their modest size. The afterimage of these humble objects lingered in “Stone Gloves,” Sawatsky’s first show at Harmony Murphy Gallery. Here, she framed sixteen twenty-one-by-twenty-seven-inch drawings between two larger paintings, both Untitled (all works 2014), made of unprimed canvas soaked with layers of watercolor. The strict geometry of the gridded grouping into which they were slotted belied the individuality of these sketch-like drawings, each of which had a distinct temperament and visual weather. One

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