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Kathy Cantwell

Maplewood, NJ


Born in Trenton and now living in Maplewood, NJ, Cantwell turned from moody cityscapes to color-field painting marked by human touch. Working with minimal elements, Kathy Cantwell uses pigment and primary forms to generate variants on a theme, wryly coaxing complexity from the seemingly simple. Her application of paint is repeated by a set method, which emphasizes physical engagement and kinesthetic intelligence. Restriction releases into expansion, opening to subtle shifts of movement and emerging relationships. An admirer of Sean Scully, Cantwell favors soft boundaries and irregularities, with colors that don’t bend to each other. She intensifies resistance in her process with encaustic, which paradoxically interacts with light in a way that adds another evocative dimension and destabilizes uniformity.

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