The surface of these new works is informed by hot wax, oil paints and a variety of hand-held and electric tools (etching needle, dental drill, heat gun) to create pieces with simplified and rich surfaces. Her spare paintings are filled with marks broken down into basic geometry. Stolle draws inspiration for these forms from nature, choosing organic and playful shapes. Originally a print maker, Stolle recently began working with wax, embracing its emphasis on both process and immediacy. Layering and reworking the surface, each painting is built up slowly like a print. The final surface is a result of chance and control. Stolle states: “I am interested in art where you can see the mark of the hand. The line, the erasure, the use of graphite - there is energy there, there is evidence of the artist left behind.”
Kirsten Stolle received her MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1991. Her work is held in both private and public collections across the United States and is currently showing at the Riverside Art Museum in California. This is her first solo show at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery.