Bess Frelinghuysen Ratliff - "Feathers" Pastel on Paper


Artist's Opening Reception


Gallery 169 is proud to announce the works of Bess Frelinghuysen Ratliff. Bess has an MFA from Columbia University in film. She has worked in film, marble, and most enduringly, pastel, the medium of this show. Since her early days as an artist, she has enjoyed working with her hands (and not a paint brush), reveling in the vibrant color and textural depth pastels provide. A Medieval and Renaissance Studies major at Vassar College, Bess has used this era to mine much inspiration, both of spirit and design.

This is the second installment of a two part series, the first of which Bess debuted at Treillage Gallery in NYC in the fall of 2013. The amassing of feathers is more of a pseudo-scientific pursuit. Inspired by the art of the Middle Ages, the fresco cycle and the illuminated manuscript, the feathers are meant to blow up what is small and play with the idea of what is sacred in our culture. In her next series, Bess will focus more on the storytelling aspect of the fresco cycle with large pastels illustrating Radiohead's "Pyramid Song," with abstract, figurative and landscape pieces joined together.

"Feathers" will be on view at Gallery 169 from May 30th - August 2015. 



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