I stretch my own canvases in a meditative ritual. This practice made me aware that the background of a painting is essentially a tensioned grid. I fracture this grid by cutting up the fabric. The pieces are sewn and tied to each other while still maintaining an overall surface tension.
Fractured painting areas resemble topographies. I use bedding linens and pieces of cloth which carry histories of their own. I reveal the former use of the fabrics by attaching to stretchers entire pillowcases or clothing items.
A solid color background over the fractured background circumscribes spaces which are perceived as figures. Upon further inspection, the figures reveal a very uneven ground full of gaps and tension.
Several of my current pieces incorporate collaborations with my viewers. The experience literally invites the public into the evolving piece.
Cecilia André is a Brazilian painter, with a BFA and a BAE from FAAP - Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation, in Brazil. She has been living in New York for the past 25 years. In the U.S. she studied in art programs at the New York Studio School, Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts.
The artist has shown in important museums in Brazil, where she was represented by Adriana Penteado Arte Contemporânea Gallery for 17 years. In the U.S. she has participated in four editions of the NYC Figment Arts Festival, and has also shown her work at many venues, including a solo exhibition curated by Kazuko Miyamoto at Gallery OneTwentyEight, in New York. Her latest group show this year was "Through the Rabbit Hole - 2" at Sideshow Gallery, in Williamsburg. Outside the city, she held two solo exhibitions in Saint Louis MO and integrated a group show in South Orange NJ. Her work is featured in permanent collections in many different countries.