Margaret Neill works for a time on a group of pieces in a series, using classic almost primal materials such as graphite, charcoal, paint on traditional supports of canvas and paper.
Each series explores a particular formal conception and are ongoing until the exploration of this idea feels complete.
In this Switchback series, the artist worked with the painterly ovoid shape in a variously transparent or opaque ground.
Her interest was in embedding the shape into a shifting plane. Using heightened color to move in and out of the picture plane almost like an image exposed on a photographic plate.
About Margaret Neill
Margaret Neill says of her practice: “I explore a singular concept—a reaffirmation of a place: a lived emotional and physical experience in sensation and memory.” Though abstract, Neill’s paintings refer to and interpret tangible features of the natural world—like the weather, the sky, and the sea—most frequently in the artist’s immediate environment. These works characteristically feature soft, amorphous forms, applied in semi-opaque layers; though she uses certain recurring motifs, Neill is most attached to colors. She also produces wall-drawing installations and prints. Her variegated influences and visual references include Roman architecture, Korean pottery, maps, weather patterns, and painters Philip Guston, Jacopo da Pontormo, and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.
American, b. 1954, based in Brooklyn, New York