CITYREPORT New York
Photos by: GCid
Published: Nov 2011
‘Journey of a Solitary Painter’
@ Morgan Lehman
The title of the exhibition is taken from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s unfinished autobiographical novel: Reveries of a Solitary Walker (1776). Rousseau’s work is centered on the author’s pursuit of finding freedom and happiness in a world outside of society - with its stifling rules and value systems. Similar to Rousseau’s solitary walks, Santibañez finds immense solace in her private studio practice. It is in the act of creating that she is able to connect and interact on a personal level with the natural world around her.
Drawing on micro and macro elements of her natural surroundings: leaves, twigs, branches, forests, ice, snow, mountains etc., Santibañez creates unique systems, often based on a grid, that are at once meditations on nature as well as personal interpretations of the language of minimalist non-representational painting. Her color palette is usually limited to a few colors in a single painting and the result is arresting - as the graphic nature of her line pops with cris
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