Marietta Patricia Leis and Ruth Pastine:
1/18 - 3/1/2014
Gallery Sonja Roesch is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring works on paper by Marietta Leis, paintings made with Japanese inks on Japanese washi papers. Leis began to work with this medium during an artist residency by the Spanish Mediterranean Sea, where translucent light, blue skies and sea inspired her use of the medium. The process allows only a short window of time to work, and colors spread in magical ways transfusing with the paper.
Drawing on her extensive travel experience and her deep encounters with nature, Leis’ paintings are rendered with a minimalist’s palette through nuanced layers of textures, subtle gradations of color and luminous glazes.
Accompanying Leis’ tranquil ink and watercolors, the exhibition will also feature works on paper from Ruth Pastine. Focused intently on the process of painting, Pastine creates works using complementary color systems providing investigation into the perceptual experience of color, light, and temperature.
Leis has been awarded numerous Artist Residencies throughout the world which have facilitated her deep immersion into diverse cultures and environments. Her work is shown internationally and is in many public collections. She has a MFA from the University of NM and Leis lives and works in Albuquerque, NM.
Pastine was born in New York City and currently lives in Ojai, California. She received her MFA from Hunter College of the City University of New York and her work is shown and collected internationally.