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Stories from the Underground

2005, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40.5", by Jenny Badger Sultan

I found this grid of pentagons in Chinese Lattice Designs by Daniel Sheets Dye. At first I worked on the whole canvas with free, gestural brush strokes and color. Then I laid in the grid and painted the sides of the pentagons, using Aztec gold for the triangles in between.

Painting titled 'Stories from the Underground', by Jenny Badger Sultan. Click to enlarge

Each space then became a small world where I worked with the images suggested by the accidents of the paint and brought them out with line and some added color. I enjoy this process of working with experimental randomness and then finding images. A lot of animal-human encounters developed, with the feeling of myths or fairy tales.

Detail of painting titled 'Stories from the Underground', by Jenny Badger Sultan. Click to enlarge
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