MARY CURTIS RATCLIFF: CASTING SHADOWS
June 17 - July 23
Mary Curtis Ratcliff’s latest show of new works, Casting Shadows is comprised of kinetic and wall-mounted sculptures and features the circular form, a major element of Ratcliff’s work since the early 1970s. Many of the suspended works result from Ratcliff’s experimentation with colored shadow. Using Pēbēo paint and alcohol ink, she is able to make pieces that cast shadows with a breadth of unrestrained color.
Ratcliff’s work plays on the edge of abstraction and reality. Tropical fish, water, flowers, and pelicans are juxtaposed, repeated, and recolored with surprising effects. The images in the work are sourced from photographs taken by Ratcliff, who is continually stimulated by the shapes, patterns, shadows and reflections that spontaneously appear in nature.