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"Luminous" Art Exhibition by Laurel Fletcher

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Artist Statement: "I began making layered dot paintings as a child, using glossy tempera on corrugated cardboard. Dot patterns became my favorite motif, and I repeated it in each new medium that I learned – polymer clay, embroidery, icon-painting, ceramics. I still love trying out different colors, shapes, and scales, watching the markings unfold. Over the past year I have started to move away from small-scale patterns that are best seen up close, to larger ones best viewed at a distance.

"I enjoy the exuberance of the finished paintings, but I also enjoy the slow, methodical process of making them. I plan patterns so that they contrast with those around them in color, value, and shape, and when a pattern does not end up working well with those around it I paint over it and start again, sometimes several times over several months. Sometimes I pull an old painting that I finished years earlier out of storage, and continue to add to it. For this reason I only varnish them before they are needed for an exhibition, since they can't be easily reworked after this has been done. In this way the exhibition is the final step in production, the seal that locks in a design that would otherwise continue to evolve."

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