Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York is pleased to announce an online exhibition of new work by Susan Dory. The artist’s See Through series features brightly colored acrylic paintings with rich layers of textured paint.
Susan Dory further explores the structure of the grid, a recurring theme within her work, and the myriad ways in which the geometric pattern serves as an underlying form throughout one’s physical and spiritual consciousness. From quotidian items, such as the mesh nets that contain fruit at the grocery store, to the spiritual metaphor of Indra’s net, Dory highlights the ways in which this structure can be found in almost every aspect of daily life.
The See Through paintings emphasize the imagery of a net or grid within the spiritual realm. Influenced by the writings of Steven Mitchell and his metaphor of Indra’s Net, Dory’s mesh-like compositions adhere to the idea that each individual being is connected to one another ad infinitum. Any change within the universe brings about a change for each individual, even if it is only a slight shift.
Dory applies multiple layers of acrylic to her work, creating a topographical surface through the built-up paint. The netted films of color recall the feeling of looking through a veil, seeing dimensions beyond the face of the painting. The compositions reference the geometric paintings of Agnes Martin and weavings of the Bauhaus women. The work has a tensile, stretched energy similar to the textiles created by the acclaimed female weavers.
The paintings in See Through vary compositionally between tightly netted grids and loosely pulled layers. When viewed as a whole, the works convey a sense of vibration and movement, creating a grid that is both a tangible structure and a metaphor for spiritual connection.
Susan Dory was born in Oklahoma City, OK and currently works and resides in Seattle, WA. She studied at the Iowa State University in Ames, IA where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts. Dory has received both national and local awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the Willard R. Espy Foundation Artist-In-Residence Fellowship and the Behnke Foundation’s Neddy Artist Fellowship. Dory’s works have been featured in The Seattle Times, Art in America and Blouin Art Info.