On Saturday May 19, 13 FOREST Gallery opens “View into the Fertile Country,” an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Malden resident, artist Nicole Duennebier. The work on display expands the scope of Duennebier’s artistic pursuits, leaving behind the dense intimacy of her previous paintings to introduce compelling new vistas that establish the broader universe her work occupies.
Duennebier is perhaps best known for her still lifes that draw on the conventions of Baroque painting to present biologic forms. With this new series of work Duennebier strives to open up her aesthetic repertoire, trading the heavy chiaroscuro of her earlier paintings for a palette that gives her terrain an airy lightness. Rich with detail, her compositions offer distant waves, bits of projected light, caves and hollows, and perplexing organisms. Duennebier’s intention is to create an entire world that the viewer can inhabit.
“I want people to come across my work and somehow get caught in it,” she said. “Details and resting spots allow that to happen.” The drawings included in “View into the Fertile Country” are among the first Duennebier is presenting as final works.
While painting presents endless opportunities for revision, for Duennebier, “there’s no place to hide in drawing. When a line is there, it’s there ... no turning back.”
“View into the Fertile Country” will be on display May 19 to July 13 at the 13FOREST Gallery, located at 167A Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington.
More about the artist
Duennebier was born in Hartford, Conn. in 1983. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Maine College of Art with a major in painting. Her BFA thesis work was most influenced by research into the coastal ecosystems of Maine. In 2006 she was awarded the Monhegan Island Artists Residency. Duennebier is a 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Painting Fellow and her work can be found in the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art. Duennebier was highlighted in a previous solo show at 13FOREST, “The Great Season,” which ran from January through March 2014.