Jeannie Motherwell is amazed by the images and mysteries of creations—like the oceans and skies in changing weather, Hubble-type images of the universe, and her own physicality during the painting process. She seeks to capture space and the three-dimensional energy that defines it. This requires the eye to move off the edges of her canvas while bouncing back through its surface. Her pictures explore a complex space which yields marvelous surprises and unanticipated directions, like a dance with a creative partner gently leading the viewer into moves not yet experienced. The sea, sky and earth influence her palette, and black—long one of her favorite colors—contributes to the balance of warmth and steeliness in her abstract paintings, and to their evocation of solidity and transparency, motion and stillness. Motherwell inherited a love of painting from her father, Robert Motherwell, and stepmother, Helen Frankenthaler, two pillars of mid-century abstraction. Her studio is in Somerville, Massachusetts.
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