Fiona Rae, “Bold as a wild strawberry, sweet as a naughty girl,” 2009, oil and acrylic on canvas, 72″ x 59″
Fiona Rae, “It gets angry or laughs SUDDENLY!!,” 2008, oil, acrylic and photograph on canvas, 60″ x 50″
Fiona Rae, “Continued unmeasured endless despair, however alive,” 2009, oil and acrylic on canvas, 60″ x 50″
Fiona Rae, “Slow Mother Gathering,” 2009, oil, acrylic and gouache on canvas, 60″ x 50″
Fiona Rae,” Maybe you can live on the moon in the next century,” 2009, oil and acrylic on canvas, 72″ x 59″
Here’s a 2008 Tate video of Rae in her studio discussing her palette, brushes, source materials, and process. “For me,” she declares, “painting is completely alive and kicking.”
In “Special Fear!” Fiona Rae’s current exhibition at Pace, she continues to combine divergent stylistic elements and dissonant sources within each canvas. The exuberant buoyancy of her 2006 show has been replaced by a darker, gloomier palette and cropped landscape-like spaces. Marc Glimcher, who wrote the catalog essay, warns that the images are not easily analyzed in terms of their meaning. “The disparate elements can be analyzed for their stylistic origins, but they are finally just resonant images and forms which allow the artist to construct a painting. In spite of critics’ efforts to reduce the inhabitants of Rae’s painting to a semiotic flashcard nothing could be further from the native experience of making the painting or the experience of viewing it.”
“Fiona Rae: Special Fear!” Pace, New York, NY. Through May 1, 2010.