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Gathering

1997, acrylic and mixed media on panel, 36 x 32”, by Jenny Badger Sultan

Painting titled 'Gathering' by Jenny Badger Sultan. Click to enlarge
Working on muslin stretched on a panel of doorskin (thin plywood), I began with watery washes of acrylic, scraped color, and gestural strokes that were brushed on, allowed to dry for a short while and then washed off. I also transferred textures from cut-out foam shapes and snakeskin. Images began to appear and suggested other images. Some I outlined with a small brush. Using resist with clear acrylic and scraped paint, I brought out some of the images by creating more contrast. I also used water-based crayons and pencils to develop some of the shapes.

The images arose from sources in Egypt, Asia and Central America--female images, goddess images--who seemed to be coming together, hence the title, “Gathering.”

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