At Crown Point Press, her process was faster, though not fast. Abts let the shape and size of the plates that she used (the ground for her etchings) guide her compositional choices. This resulted in a set of
-esque visions, grounded in variously arranged stripes and circles. In the Untitled (Big Circle)
, for example, the artist limited her palette to a bright, lively combination of red and white, recalling a circus tent or a target. Its surface is filled with a patchwork of dizzying vertical and angled horizontal stripes, which appear to jut off the page in places. A large circle, formed from concentric circles, dominates the composition’s lower left corner. Stare long enough, and it will start to move.