by Renee Lai, Council District 9
Graphite on canvas, 2019,
Courtesy of the Artist
My barriers, conceived as the physical manifestation of inside and outside, are often translucent, painted in a reductive manner with an emphasis on the bare materiality of the surface. In my work, the weave, color, and texture of the support are integral elements, as much as any other drawn or painted imagery. The canvas palpably indexes my various gestures, marks, and pressures.