Oil and mineral on canvas | 2022
With this latest series, Skunta developed a technique to find balance between figurative and abstract work. Through showcasing the graphite underdrawing and radiating echoes of the figures, the artist is able to select sections to highlight with either mineral or oil paint. Pushing some of the composition backwards and highlighting other features to bring them forward creates a desired push and pull effect. She wants the energy of each piece to diffuse outward and affect the viewer. These are pieces that invite the viewer to spend time with them, to notice the subtleties of the layers. Some elements are obvious upon the first glance, but the more the viewer looks the more they will uncover.
The largest of the collection, Curve was also the catalyst to the entire series. Through layers of powdered mineral paint and oil colors, the subtle graphite outlines of the multiple figures come into view. The painting’s scale allows viewers a unique experience; from far away the composition is reminiscent of cave paintings and symbolism. As you approach the painting, the grouping of figures becomes more defined and hopefully the energy and movement of the piece become contagious. The echoes of each woman radiate out so that the eye constantly is finding new figures within the composition.
36 x 48 x 1.5 inches
Signed by artist.
The work comes with a Certification of Authenticity signed by the Co-Founder of Tappan
“I want the energy of each piece to diffuse outward and affect the viewer.”