Ellipses and Lasso
Drawing inspiration from the natural world and everyday objects, Kaufman synthesizes and translates her subjects’ patterns, textures and rhythms and invites the viewer to slow down and take note of the subtle, thoughtful details that are signature of her bold charcoal drawings. “The messy immediacy of the charcoal moving across the paper makes it ideal for quickly expressing ideas. The contrast and simplicity of black and white, along with variations of grey in between, as well as the imprecise quality of the marks and the working of the charcoal into the paper, are the qualities that make this medium appealing,” explains Kaufman.
In an essay accompanying a recent exhibition catalog, curator Elizabeth Finch further describes Kaufman's work: "She practices a meditative rather than a momentary deployment of looking and sensing, a connoisseurship of visual and haptic experience. Her looking is absorptive; it gathers patterns, visual rhythms, textures, and colors. Art history is a source but her selective eye also takes in bits of nature and any object, common or rare, that captures and holds her attention. By repeating striped, curved, and knotted motifs, she generates singularities, differences of touch, color, and composition that materialize her perceptions. Kaufman works with a variety of supports — stretched linen and canvas, various papers, and the occasional cigar box."
ARTIST BIO Amy Kaufman is a painter working in Oakland, CA. Since receiving her Fine Arts degree from the California College of Arts [and Crafts] in 1990, she has exhibited her work extensively throughout the Bay Area and across the United States. Her work is featured in many prominent private and public collections including the Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco; San Jose Museum of Art, CA; Berkeley Art Museum, CA; Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, CA; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; as well as the Unites States Embassies in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tunisia.