The paintings in this exhibition combine hard-edge with gestural abstraction, generating tensions between flatness and the illusion of spatial depth. As the artist describes it, “marks …are discovered along the spectrum between abstraction and strategies of pictorial representation.” The disjunctive paint handling resolves itself into an uneasy illusionism, with atmospheric and geological elements. Authier considers herself indebted to women painters such as Marion Wagschal, Joan Mitchell and Lee Krasner. She lives in Ottawa.
A catalogue with writing by Robert Enright and Sarah Milroy, among others, accompanies the exhibition.
Melanie Authier, Aura, watercolour and ink on paper, 2016
Melanie Authier, Thief’s Cloud, watercolour and ink on paper, 2016