A few weeks ago, I visited Gray Gallery in Chestnut Hill. It's a tiny space; one room in an historic house and the exhibit was very exciting. I hope to bring each of the artists to you. The first is Jessica Curtaz. I was immediately taken with her highly detailed work. I leave this to Jessica ...
"I am interested in everyday objects that have repetitive patterns, for example; hydrangea blossoms, chain link fence, pine cones and cable knit sweaters. I play with these objects, increasing shadows, completely removing shading and overlapping imagery. I am interested in where the boundary is between representation and abstraction.
I have a background in science, I worked in research and development for five years, and I approach my art work the same way that I did science. I experiment. And each piece that I do leads me to the next thing that I want to figure out.
There don't tend to be grand moments of inspiration, it's more of a steady walk down a path. One cobblestone leads to another.
There are though, the moments when I realize that I am afraid to try something or go in a certain direction, that something feels risky....and when that happens I always know that is what I need to do next."
The experience of looking at Jessica's work filled me with a feeling of movement and repetition. It was pretty thrilling. I hope you enjoy this peek into Jessica's world. And check out Gray Gallery too. Owner and Art Professor Carole Loeffler has some very exciting exhibits planned.