A Material Lab Bites a Peculiar Personified Alchemy ____ JUNE 2017
Materially, both artists experiment with their painterly applications on canvas. Mohamedi uses unconventional approaches to painting, favoring using her hands, wrists, found objects and homemade tools that she stamps and drags across the surface. Fenchel experiments with surface texture by using oil sticks and chalk pastel. Both are painting scientists testing their own limits as well as the limits of the medium.
These two artists input- as in putting into a program- personal components that either get repeated over time or discovered throughout the painting process. Maysha’s forms relate to her ethnicity, personal life and background. Often pulling from images found in her own daily life or reusing a previous mark she made, her personality quirks pop up in her mark making. Ryan repeats his forms throughout his work, projecting his drawings of personified vessels. The vessels act as alchemists experimenting to create more vessels like themselves. The affect of Mohamedi and Fenchel’s artwork provides a cerebral treasure trove that fills up both eyeballs and that viewers can take home and keep as their own secret.