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Jessica Sanders, Saturation AW6, 2015, beeswax on stretched linen, 54 × 97 1/2". From the series “Saturation,” 2013–.

Jessica Sanders

KANSAS Gallery

Jessica Sanders, Saturation AW6, 2015, beeswax on stretched linen, 54 × 97 1/2". From the series “Saturation,” 2013–.

A longtime fan of beeswax owing to its gooey organic mutability, Jessica Sanders exercised admirable restraint with the potentially messy material in her recent exhibition “Ambiguous Warmth.” Her first solo appearance at this relocated gallery, the show featured just two entries from the Brooklyn artist’s ongoing “Saturation” series, 2013–, of wax-infused linen works, and in neither case was the material’s identity immediately apparent. Hung close together side by side, the pair of large, painterly works faced off against eight small wall-mounted white porcelain sculptures. The first impression created by this arrangement was one of quiet stillness, but as the genesis and makeup of the works became clear, that sense of stasis gave way to an affecting portrait of incremental change—of creeping, seeping entropy.

In both Saturation AW2 and Saturation AW6 (all works 2015), fin-shaped

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