Palimpsest : GAVLAK LA

18 September - 6 November 2021

My work stumbles through what I think of as chatty abstractions that shape-shift and dream-catch both light and space. These investigations allow my paintings and drawings to build abstract structures that mix and remix themselves, interweaving the narrative with the pictorial.

- Candida Alvarez


Alvarez's new body of work investigates the richness of effacing without erasing, enabling substantial traces of prior material to remain and shine through. Embodying this approach, her Palimpsest paintings began with pencil and watercolor drawings on Yupo paper, which were then scanned, digitized, and printed on canvases with acrylic polymer ink. From there, the artist applied several more layers of matte acrylic, incorporating more transparent shades atop the printed images and tones.