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Beatrice Pediconi

October 6th, 2014 - January 6th, 2015

EPHEMERAL PIGMENTS: Polaroids by Beatrice Pediconi

Beatrice Pediconi

Beatrice Pediconi's Ephemeral Pigments is a series of polaroids of paintings on water, documenting her spirit moving over the liquid tableau. Using a different medium each time, sometimes paint, sometimes egg, sometimes pigment and oils, she circulates images into a basin of water, dropping viscous liquids into a receptive tray filled with water, coloring the movement and ripples on the surface, with these intense and delicious substances. At times they are suspended like a meniscus on the surface, at times they form shapes, and then dissolve, trailing tails behind.

The movement of the artist's hand over the water, her gesture, is recorded in the three poetic series of polaroids. Each series varies in materials and effect, as the water is seen from different angles, altering the light and colors. Her most recent series, One More Than Nine, floats subsequent layers of pigment onto the previous ones, adding complexity in the hues, depth and intensity of color. The cumulative effect of liquid trails in red, white and black, swirls of oil paint interact and intersect, creating pink, and curling into Fibonacci-curved memories of paths the artist traced over water.

Ascending the Staircase

Case One:
Ephemeral Pigments: One More Than Nine
polaroids, 4 x 5 inches

Case Two:
Ephemeral Pigments: Red,
and Untitled polaroids, 4 x 5 inches

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All works courtesy of the Artist
Artist website
Curated by Lisa A. Banner