Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Jane Masters "Fusspot"

This burnt paper composition by Jane Masters exhibits attention to texture and pattern. The unique texture results from Masters' technique of burning minuscule holes in the paper to create the image. The pattern of this piece is extremely intricate and precise, reflecting machine-made household patterns like wallpaper or fabric. I think this piece is clever and humorous; the word "fusspot" in the center presumably refers to the obsessive quality of the pattern and Masters' own repetitive motions in creating the work. "Fusspot" represents an interesting commentary on the method of art production; in this way, it can almost be seen as an extension of Process art.

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