These are only 3 out of 21 new drawings by Louise Grunewald
on display at the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery
The drawings blaze with energy and contrast strikingly with a companion body of work 26 small-scale solar plate etchings.
Shown together under the title Kinaesthetics, Grunewalds parallel explorations forcefully delve into emotion and experience in unusual ways.
Grunewald is an extraordinary artist who was trained in the fine arts, encountered the discipline of calligraphy and enjoyed a long and successful career as a calligrapher and greeting-card designer.
For years, her
daring and sophisticated style found its way into cards and posters and became part of the transformation of the industry.
The same fresh and inventive approach is on display at FLC
in these two new bodies of highly personal abstract work.
In the empire of calligraphy, lines are king.
In time, Grunewald
liberated lines to become a force for personal expression.
has chosen to work with a limited palette.
Other self-imposed restrictions go deeper.
artist statement she
guidelines: two kinds of ink, walnut and sumi; two colors, cadmium orange and manganese blue; a few pencils of varying hardness, standard size Rives BFK paper.
These are the restrictions of an artist who understands that the tighter the confines, the more creative the challenge.
etching guidelines boiled down to: one letter per one small square; plus black, white and grey.
concentrated on these two projects for three years, from professor Chad Colbys invitation to exhibit to the shows opening last week.
Publicly, and in her
artists statement, Grunewald
realized three years ago she
mother had died, and the grief process found the artist virtually frozen in place.
One day, she
just started to draw random lines, loose turns and cascades of tumbling pencil dust.
Flow, which is mounted on the main wall along with seven other drawings, apparently unlocked some unhidden energy, she
On Friday, at the opening of her
solo exhibition, Grunewald
said privately that she
had finished what she
set out to do.
Kinaesthetics, new drawings and etchings by Louise Grunewald, Fort Lewis College Art Gallery, through Feb. 25.