Artist Susan Chrysler White’s bright, patterned paintings are on display at a newly opened exhibit, called “Fractured Language,” at Olson-Larsen Galleries in Historic Valley Junction. The works recall the Op Art movement of the 1960s, with abstract imagery and patterns that morph into forms that are “botanical, insect-like or mutations of some hybrid futuristic organism.” To make her paintings, White, an associate professor of drawing and painting at the University of Iowa’s School of Art and Art History, doesn’t use brushes but instead pours and presses paint onto the canvas or paper. She also sculpts using this method, with clear acrylic as her surface. She then combines several acrylic pieces together to make compositions.
“My recent paintings explore the tension between materiality and image,” she says of her new work. “I consider ideas about climate, weather, history (both art and geopolitical), personal emotional and psychological states, what it means to have relationships, being a mother; the enormity of what it means to be human. Parched landscapes, extreme flooding and uncontainable wild fires speak to a natural world out of balance.”
The exhibit runs through Nov. 24. More information: olsonlarsen.com.