Little Friends / Ayşe Wilson
June 11 - July 3 2015
Pg Art Gallery is proud to present a solo show, ‘Little Friends’ by Ayşe Wilson between June 11st – July 3rd.
In her recent work, Wilson continues to mine the threshold between infancy and adolescence, innocence and experience. Whether depicting animate forms such as children and bunny girls or inanimate forms like donuts or rainbows, there always exists the idea of complexities disguised behind simple forms.
Working from found photographs or her imagination, she paints children in isolation or in groups against monochromatic backgrounds. In group compositions, Wilson evokes school photographs, swim teams, choral ensembles, wedding parties and routine rite of passage.
In recent work, the image of a wall in the background to the figures portrays the idea of divide and separation. This brings up the question of walls as fortification or as limitation.
In many of these works Wilson leaves the backgrounds of the figures largely under-painted. She explains that in traditional painting techniques, the artists prepares the canvas with an initial "imprimatura" layer described as a light wash of usual earth toned color painted on the white, prepared canvas, creating a transparent, toned ground which allows for more play of light and dark. In many of these works, Wilson leaves the initial imprimatura stain as the final background layer finding it atmospheric and evocative of old fashioned photographs. She finds the "unfinished" layer look raw, spontaneous and vulnerable. Memory and nostalgia always play a primary role in Wilsons work, and she hopes her images will function in the same way, staying in the foreground as well as background like our closest memories.