Tracks/Traces/Vestiges - Paintings by Deborah Donelson

Deborah Donelson has maybe been better known as a printmaker during her years here in New Mexico, but in fact she has been as much or more a creator of paintings and drawings. Indeed, Deborah's signature works on paper are individual watercolors built on frameworks of etching or gravure prints. She has had several successful shows of her prints in Albuquerque, and has been a star at Art Santa Fe and other international events. Her work has been widely reviewed and reproduced nationwide–particularly in the Washington, DC area where Deborah got her MFA and worked for some time before returning to New Mexico–and she is internationally collected. Now we have a chance to enjoy Deborah's acrylic paintings, face to face, toe to toe.

Tracks/Traces/Vestiges - Paintings by Deborah Donelson opens tomorrow, November 7th, at Matrix Fine Art in the east end of Nob Hill. The show is blasting with color and crawling with perplexing line. Donelson's work is figurative, but in this case focuses a little bit more on a sort of portraiture than her earlier work, which tended more toward the mythological and and narrative. Don't get me wrong, though: these women have stories to tell. Or maybe these women are themselves the stories. Deborah's subjects are consistently inconsistent, firmly unsteady. They are beings in flux. Some gleam, on the edge of becoming something glorious; others seem near to dissolution, the victims of some rickety genetic mishap. As a viewer, you hold your breath. And thankfully, that moment of drenched, profound upheaval never resolves. The snapshot remains fixed, and the woman balances forever upon the edge of a cliff.

(But would she fall to her death, or take flight? Might depend on who you ask.)

Tracks/Traces/Vestiges - Paintings by Deborah Donelson
open 7-29 November at Matrix Fine Art

top: Peacock (detail), 2008, Acrylic on wood panel
bottom: Ocean, 2008, Acrylic on wood panel

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Comment by Chroma Studios on November 7, 2008 at 9:35am
I'm really looking forward to seeing this show!

Paula :)


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