Back in January I walked into Sloane Fine Art and found wallpaper-esque paintings that were floral, decorative, rich in color, and do I dare say, pretty. I roamed the gallery admiring the intricacy of the patterns and its hand crafted details. I then discovered each painting had layers with one design overlapping another in drip-like shapes as if one flower pattern was splattered atop and its remains slithered across the picture plane. It doesn’t end there.
With the guide of a checklist and some explaining from the director I peered even closer to each work and started to decipher letters which led to reading a word or in some, entire sentences, embedded and camouflaged within the painting. I was flabbergasted and excited to experience this process of viewing an artwork. The convergence of visual and literal reading allowed me to peer closer and heightened my curiosity as I discovered elements about the work that would not have been realized at a single glance.