Frye Art Museum

Seattle, Washington

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Carol Mothner: Monotypes of Birds' Nests and Flowers

Eggs of the Dove, 1997, egg tempera on panel, 6 x 6 inches


What do birds' nests and flowers have in common? Artist Carol Mothner. This winter, Santa Fe artist Carol Mothner's realist paintings come to the Frye Art Museum in an exhibition showcasing her unique talent for capturing the essence and magic of commonplace objects. Depictions of simple objects such as wild birds' nests and eggs, ripe fruit, and lone flowers portrayed as 'objects of contemplation' are on display from Feb. 5 through Mar. 28, 1999. Working in a variety of media, including monotypes, oils, and egg tempera, Mothner uses starkly simple still life arrangements to create an atmosphere of mystery.

On view for the first time in Seattle, Mothner's work is enhanced by the small dimensions of her monoprints and paintings. Mothner's small panels are similar to medieval decorated manuscripts or Indian miniatures: the viewer is drawn into a entirely new world, in which every object glows with inner life. Originally an abstract painter, Mothner broke away from her training to pursue realist painting, inspired by Dutch and Flemish masters such as Jan van Eyck, Rachel Ruysch, and Jan Vermeer.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Mothner studied at the Brooklyn Museum School, the Art Students League, and the School of Visual Arts. Mothner will hold a question and answer session following her lecture, Private Places, on February 4, 1999 at 2pm. Admission is free.


rev. 9/20/10

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