14 Incised Lines
Pastel and incised lines with fixative on paper
From the exhibition Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery:
Edda Renouf said, “Essential to my paintings and drawings is the revealing of an abstract structure and energy inherent to my materials, the linen canvas and cotton paper.” In order to expose such dormant energy, Renouf uses the act of removal as the foundation of her creative process. In her drawings, Renouf removes fibers from cotton paper to create clefts that she then fills with pastel. While 14 Incised Lines may at first appear static due to its monochromatic palette and linear organization, a closer look reveals wavering incisions that evoke the movement of Renouf’s hand. She exposes and releases the energy of her materials, making the invisible visible.
“Acquisitions 2009,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009): 177, ill.