Thea Gvetadze, Becoming Thea Merlani, 2018, cloth, wood, 63 × 51 1⁄8".

Thea Gvetadze, Becoming Thea Merlani, 2018, cloth, wood, 63 × 51 1⁄8".

Thea Gvetadze

LC Queisser

Thea Gvetadze’s exhibition “Subtropical Ushguli” coincided with the opening of this year’s Tbilisi Art Fair in Georgia, where her work also appeared in the show “Four Discourses” alongside that of three Georgian artists of different generations. The conjunction of these presentations confirmed Gvetadze’s prominence within the country’s contemporary art scene. If “Four Discourses” gave context to her work, the solo show offered a welcome opportunity to delve more deeply into her oeuvre, which spans diverse mediums, including painting, ceramics, relief, drawing, and installation. The paintings and ceramics on view were recent, whereas the twelve drawings were older, dating from between 2002 and 2008. The drawings, shown here for the first time, comprised figurative scenes in small formats, executed in wet and dry media. She draws in parallel with the painterly process to test subsequent

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