Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann: Clove

Palimpsest, 2012. Woodcut, sumi ink, acrylic on cut paper.

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the opening to DC-based artist Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann’s show, Clove at Project 4 Gallery located on U St in Northwest DC. I caught a preview of her work at the (e)merge art fair (which I did a post on here) so when receiving info about her latest solo exhibition I just had to see more of what she had to offer. Katherine is currently an instructor at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and has been in several solo and group shows throughout the east coast since 2006. This is her first exhibition at Project 4.

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann’s paintings involve a process of her reacting to an ink stain that applies at the beginning of each painting, allowing it to take form and dry on the floor of her studio. Then the rest of the piece unfolds as she intuitively layers other shapes and motifs into the composition. The resulting piece is an organic mass of different forms and shapes that are rhythmically connected throughout the surface. Mann’s scaled paintings are truly arresting, as the viewer is able to be both overwhelmed and drawn into the worlds that she creates. One of the reasons I liked her work is because they were effective on any scale, and when viewed from afar or up close. In fact, I think it’s difficult not to walk up to get a closer look at the forms undulating before you. I know that I could lose myself gazing at her paintings, trying to decipher which elements were methodically placed by the artist and which were the random occurrences of the materials.

Nursery, 2012. Acrylic, sumi ink on paper stretched over canvas.

Nursery, 2012 (closeup). Acrylic, sumi ink on paper stretched over canvas.

Embroideries, 2012. Acrylic, sumi ink on paper.

I definitely recommend making a trip to Project 4 Gallery to see Clove by Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann. The show runs until Dec. 15. Read up on more about Katherine and Project 4 Gallery:
Katherine’s official website
Project 4 Gallery

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