As a neat contrast to Katsikis and Ermilkina’s respective aesthetics, ’s
abstract, expressive paintings feature lovely washes of color. Mountain Lake
(2015) is especially beautiful—at once geometrical and free-flowing in its composition. Color is an important—perhaps the most important—aspect of each work, with blues and oranges used the most frequently. And her unorthodox use of acrylic paint, giving it the sensibility of watercolor, provides an ideal platform for taming or intensifying these colors for great effect.
The element of fluidity, for each of these artists, becomes a device for transforming content—whether close reproductions of the outside world or a highly subjective take on it—into a newly-stitched, otherworldly reality.