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RAPTURE

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Kate Davis Caldwell | Paintings | RAPTURE

RAPTURE
Rapture is a series that explores the elemental simplicity and inherent instability of water, land and sky. Nature’s atmosphere of uncertainty and its capacity for overwhelming awe and fear present moods of premonition and quaking silence. Resulting in a convergence of familiarity and unease, these works are founded on themes of renewal, change and evolution that are synonymous with nature itself.

Primarily created in charcoal, these works adopt a monochromatic palette that merges drawing and painting. Charcoal is applied by various means including brushes, rags and sponges whereby paint is added when nearing completion, if at all. The abandonment of color is a departure from previous bodies of work that embraced a saturated palette. The meditative act of drawing, and the tonalities that charcoal provides, create an organic sensibility reflected in the subject matter. A sense of premonition runs throughout the work; compositions either surge to the edge of transition or are found resting in a quiet aftermath.

At the beginning of this series, images from photography and video were regularly sourced for subject matter. However, as the work progressed these images were referenced less and less, then ultimately not at all. Images became rooted in my mind’s “visual library” and would take shape from the first few applications of charcoal. Over time this series became a practice in meditation as much as an artistic pursuit.

RAPTURE presents an atmosphere of introspection; a consideration of nature that explores both its profound simplicity and acute complexity.

April 2008
The Big Deep,
charcoal and acrylic on panel,
46" x 60" x 2",
2008
Hidden Season,
charcoal and acrylic on panel,
50" x 40" x 2",
2007
Wake (1 of 2),
charcoal and acrylic on panel,
24" x 24" x 2",
2008
Wake (2 of 2),
charcoal and acrylic on panel,
24" x 24" x 2",
2008
Late Summer,
charcoal and acrylic on panel,
24" x 24" x 2"
2008
Tornado I,
charcoal and acrylic on panel,
24" x 24" x 2",
2008
Tornado II,
charcoal and acrylic on panel,
24" x 24" x 2",
2008
Wildfire I,
charcoal and acrylic on panel,
24" x 24" x 2",
2008
Wildfire II,
charcoal and acrylic on panel,
24" x 24" x 2",
2008
Lightning I,
charcoal and acrylic on panel,
24" x 24" x 2",
2008
Lightning II,
charcoal and acrylic on panel,
24" x 24" x 2",
2008
Open Water Installation View,
charcoal and acrylic on birch plywood (all),
4.5" x 5" x 2" (each),
2008 (all)
Open Water #1,
charcoal and acrylic on birch plywood,
4.5" x 5" x 2",
2008
Open Water #2,
charcoal and acrylic on birch plywood,
4.5" x 5" x 2",
2008
Open Water #7,
charcoal and acrylic on birch plywood,
4.5" x 5" x 2",
2008
Open Water #16,
charcoal and acrylic on birch plywood,
4.5" x 5" x 2",
2008
Open Water #20,
charcoal and acrylic on birch plywood,
4.5" x 5" x 2",
2008
Open Water #22,
charcoal and acrylic on birch plywood,
4.5" x 5" x 2",
2008
Open Water #23,
charcoal and acrylic on birch plywood,
4.5" x 5" x 2",
2008
Open Water #25,
charcoal and acrylic on birch plywood,
4.5" x 5" x 2",
2008
Open Water #27,
charcoal and acrylic on birch plywood,
4.5" x 5" x 2",
2008
Open Water #30,
charcoal and acrylic on birch plywood,
4.5" x 5" x 2",
2008
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