Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Pick: Sydney Licht Watercolors

Still Life with Box, 2010, Watercolor on Paper, 13 x 10 inches 
Yaddo Lunches, Watercolor on Paper, 6 x 6 inches
Yaddo Lunches, Watercolor on Paper, 6 x 6 inches

Yaddo Lunches, Watercolor on Paper, 6 x 6 inches

Untitled, 2010, Watercolor on Paper, 10 x 8 inches

I have admired Sydney Licht's work for a long time and recently came across it again -- feeling just as excited about it this time.  She is a member of Zeuxis, a still life association of painters whose show I had the good fortune of seeing while driving through Maryland last year.  

In that really nice show, her work stood out to me for its clarity.  There is a clarity of form and color that I really admire and strive for myself.  But what makes the work particularly compelling is its coupling with a very specific and personal type of looking -- you can feel her adjusting her point of view, delighting in a certain pattern, and finding those quiet happened-upon relationships between the objects.

There is a nice interview with Licht on Painting Perceptions where she states: 
"The best kind of resolution is when the unexpected happens at the end of the painting process and I learn something new... Hard questions come up in the middle of painting. Through desperate acts, I am pushed into finding new solutions."  
I think this shows in her work, which is a meditation on looking at commonplace objects but yields very beautiful and different things each time.  


annamaria potamiti said...

I really enjoy these watercolors and have admired her work for the past year since I read that interview at P.P. But do you think she is using a combination of watercolor and gouache? There are some opaque passages here that make me think it's gouache.

Aubrey Levinthal said...

I agree with you -- especially the first piece seems to have some really opaque areas. I just grabbed the info from the original gallery info but it could be. I love the combo of those two mediums -- can be challenging (at least for me) but done right its so beautiful.

annamaria potamiti said...

Thank you for taking the time to respond Aubrey. Yes, I love the two mediums together too. xx

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