Simplified Forms and Cubist References: Art by Ronnie Spiewak
Featured artist Ronnie Spiewak is an artist currently based in Riverdale, Maryland. Her works frequently combine collaged and painted elements, simplified forms and cubist references.
I rather enjoy Ronnie’s series of screens, in which the artist has created folding screens, each decorated with a pattern of abstractions and images. The use of negative space on these screens is interesting – on screens with black backgrounds, the painted and collaged shapes are sometimes surrounded by an aura of white, giving them the appearance of rough cut-outs or highly gestural paintings. Undulating lines draw the viewer’s eye all over the screen, and the folding angles provide an extra dimension for the flat paintings.
Ronnie’s works on paper are similarly energetic. The titles of the work often lend a representational nature to the images, even if they are highly abstract. The even spacing of designs on a coloured background is reminiscent of pattern and textile designs – these works would work equally well in a gallery and in a home.