This exhibition presents recent work by American artist Cheryl Pope, who uses a unique punched wool technique to create richly textured and colorful pieces that respond to the Western tradition of large-scale easel painting. Pope spent the formative decades of her artistic career in Chicago, where the Art Institute’s exceptional holdings of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, particularly by a group of artists collectively known as the Nabis, shaped here visual imaginary consciously and unconsciously. In this body of work, she is calling up that ostensibly familiar repertoire of visual motifs and formal concerns to create deeply personal reminiscences. In her own words, in making this work, Pope "turned to painting for a more sensual act of storytelling." "These new paintings," she has written, "are the memories of love and loss, and like memories, they are both fact and fiction; skewed, blurred, filled in and left empty." Pope’s images capture the significance of mundane moments, reveal the hidden dynamics of relationships, and explore the psychological power of interiors. In the process, they hold space, both literally and metaphorically, for her viewers to pause and consider the hidden meanings found in the most intimate and familiar locations of our own everyday lives.
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Banner: Cheryl Pope, Woman and Man Reclining on Striped Mat XI (detail), 2019. Needle-punched wool roving on cashmere. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery.