Damsels and Distress

Damsels and Distress

Katie Pretti

From December 6th to December 23rd
Opening December 7th, 2007 from 7-10pm

Through a series of 7 drawings, Damsels and Distress explores a narrative created for and experienced by a central figure through various stages of physical and psychological experience, this body of work shifts in mood gradually from a soft, delicate and tender image through to a dark moody and frenetic tangle of movement and colour. Pretti's practice highlights the transmission of particular sensations, and in this case, a series of sensations associated with a specific event.

Drawing heavily upon the impact of gestural abstraction and action painting from the 60’s and 70’s, Pretti explores line and form in the production of her visually aggressive yet delicately feminine works on paper. Allowing her work to sway from automatic constructions in composition and form to the insertion of figurative elements or body parts (sexual organs), Pretti presents an extremely fluid narrative Every mark is one detail of a moment; each one is deliberate. While, simultanesouly, the composition as a whole describes atmosphere (literally and figurativey). Alluding to many modern and contemporary themes in art today.