Sky, Land, and Water Converge in Paintings by Carole Pierce
Pierce’s triptych, Water, Land, Fire (2014–15) shows three views of a horizon line, which may or may not be the same landscape. At each side, the sky is depicted in gauzy light blue, while in the center it shines in a bright yellow. Spots of orange at the edge of the brown earth are suggestive of a distant fire, which by the third canvas has evaporated into white smoke mingling with the clouds above. “I don’t know why I paint fire,” Pierce once said. “There is a transformative quality, a beauty and danger that [coexist]….And I love contradictions.”
Other paintings use this same (2014–15), falls on the other side of the line between abstraction and naturalism, with a mottled gray surface punctuated with small stars.
In her work, Pierce captures the sensation of looking at and experiencing the natural world. Through paint and color, she depicts the beauty of earth, sky, and water.
“Carole Pierce: Sky, Land & Water” is on view at Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA, Apr. 1–May 3, 2015.
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