Known for her paintings of the figure, Cookie Wells takes a departure into nature and organic abstraction. This direction started with her last show and the collaboration with Tom, her woodworking husband who will display recently created pieces of his stunning furniture. Cookie t
Another departure for Cookie in these new works is the absence of strong color. Lead by nature, the artist painted these pieces in neutral palettes, directing the viewer’s focus to composition and texture, rather than color.
Cookie Wells is also strongly influenced by fractals in nature and by scientific fractal analysis performed on over 50 of the paintings of Jackson Pollock. Pollock created those pieces by pouring paint directly onto horizontal canvases. Cognitive neuroscientists have shown that the fractals created by Pollock’s technique induce the same stress-reduction in viewers as computer-generated fractals and fractals found in nature. Another method of creating fractal-like patterns is a painting technique called “decalcomania” which involves pressing paint between two surfaces then pulling them apart; Max Ernst is one well-known artist who experimented with this technique. Cookie wells, primarily an Alla Prima style painter, has found this style of painting intriguing.