Elia Bettaglio, Selena Kimball & Tatiana Simonova: Drawings
Elia Bettaglio, Selena Kimball & Tatiana Simonova
In the Gallery
Simonova’s finely detailed silverpoint drawings on clay covered paper are delicately textured representations of the artist’s memories and experiences. Her work translates a sentiment within the abstract shapes in a subtle albeit familiar and calming method.
Creating “an aesthetic of surrealist dreamscapes” Bettaglio’s graphite drawings embrace “undefined forms with a meticulous touch.” His fractured and deleted, while recognizable imagery offers room for interpretation, yet the underlying storyline makes you question the impetus for deletion in the first place. Nevertheless, these drawings evoke a mystery that is undoubtedly absorptive.
Through her drawings and paintings Kimball investigates fact versus fiction within known histories. Much of her work involves the viewer as a participant and in her Other Peoples Memories: Participatory site-specific installations, she involves the residents of the area where the exhibition is taking place and asks them to make drawings that will become the basis of the piece. She asks participants if they have memories that are frozen in time, like a snapshot, and if they will draw this memory. Their drawings are enlarged, overlapped and retraced by hand to make the final installation.