Full Circle: Cornelia White Swann's Fugitive Color

By Céleste Wackenhut

There is an intentional intimacy in the way Cornelia White Swann has kept the beginning of her Fugitive Color series small in size—first and foremost, for herself as she becomes familiar with the materiality of natural pigments, but also for the viewer in reflecting upon the subtleties of her paintings...

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Lisa Qualls and the Impact of Place

By Céleste Wackenhut

Qualls has dedicated her entire artistic practice to the subject of cultural identity, consistently studying the environment, objects, and traditions that make up various communities. The Louisiana Portrait Project continues to embody this matter exhibited in Qualls’ previous work, in this instance bringing her personal association with her home state to light...

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Artist Statement for Cornelia White Swann: fugitive color I

I eagerly started this series with a limited foundation and vocabulary for a process that has a history both rich and vast. Working with plants to source pigment is a slow process, heavily dependent on the environment and time. While I’ve always felt that my work pertained to the subtleties of these elements, I was no longer led by my own timelines, but those of the seasons, a welcome and surprising challenge to my studio practice...

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