Acrylic, spray paint, and oil pastel on canvas
Dimensions: 91.4cm (H) x 91.4cm (W) x 3.8cm (D) / 36" (H) x 36" (W) x 1.5" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Once in a while, the way we exist reads more like a glitch or familiar fever dream. You’ve been here before and you’ll be here again.
From her recent show with Bell Projects in Denver, Romelle wanted to challenge comfortable patterns and ideas and really sit with her own construction of painting through this series. The palette reflected in Romelle’s works is typically viewed all at once, rather than compartmentalized or seen as separate. In the ways that she has previously invited the elements of the works to be viewed simultaneously, with this new and unprecedented stylistic choice in this series, she wanted to suggest intentionality between layers. Each painting is a comparison across the spectrum, and depends on the viewer’s ability to not only see, but seek. This series acts as a continuous study, referencing histories as a means to synthesize the present.
The title of the show, In Passing, also makes reference to points in history, as well as daily actions and conditions. The sentiment, “we’ve been here before and we’ll be here again,” carries an air of things moving on — we reference the past to know how to deal with the present. Everything is layered and when taken as a whole it appears a certain way, but looks a lot different when looked at piece by piece, day by day, or even minute by minute. Formally, en passant (French for “in passing”) is also a capture move in chess, which again refers to the elemental grid patterns present in many of Romelle’s works in this series.
This is a lesson in active looking that invites you to see each element with intentionality, again and again. We pass through and also return. You’ve been here before, and you’ll be here again.
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Based in: Denver, Colorado
Romelle is an abstract painter and mural artist hailing from Detroit and based in Denver, CO. Her colorful, energetic work explores modalities of healing with color, and the connection the artist has to the cities in which she’s lived. A period of time spent in Detroit marked Romelle’s introduction to the rigor of the studio, and inspired her 2016 solo show “Through Healing,” where Romelle used new materials to explore how art can heal on a personal and community scale, during her residency at Ponyride Detroit.
In 2017, Romelle was the resident artist at The Forge, followed by her 2019 residency at TAXI in Denver, where she produced her densely saturated series III, marking her first use of spray paint on canvas. In 2020, Romelle created her Underwater series while in Colorado, referencing her lifetime of competitive swimming and inspired by her longing for the abundant natural water resources of Miami and Michigan. Romelle continues to work out of her studio in Denver, CO where she also serves as the creative director of BABE WALLS.
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