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Keesing has refined her process into a rare and contemplative style. Each painting develops with a series of repetitive lines consisting of many brushstrokes that each deposit a single drop of paint. Once the surface is covered, she begins again with more droplet lines that eventually evolve into a three-dimensional texture. This disciplined process allows for sustained contemplation as each line and each painting structure time in a meditative routine. Her method liberates her work and results in unexpected outcomes.
"When you set a preconceived idea about how a painting should result, you discover all the things that happen that you couldn't foresee, or perhaps didn't intend" says Keesing. "However over time, a painting comes to life and it really takes on a life of its own. My paintings are greatly influenced by the process of time. Even as they hang on the walls of the Corcoran, they will change. I think this change is very interesting."
A full-color catalogue with essays by Thomas Krens, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and Julia Bernard, a curator and critic based in Frankfurt, Germany, accompanies the exhibition.
About the Artist
Born in Woodbury, New Jersey and raised in Northern Virginia, Madeleine Keesing's style has been greatly influenced by her life experiences and travels. In the U.S., Keesing has lived in New York, Northern California and North Carolina. She has also lived in Mexico City and France. Her extensive travels, spanning two decades, include Africa, Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe and Australia.
Keesing has exhibited her work throughout the United States. Solo exhibitions include the Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, Marsha Mateyka Gallery in Washington, DC, The Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, MA, and the Weatherspoon Gallery of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Group exhibition including Hemphill Gallery, Washington, D.C., New Prints at Goya Girl Press, Baltimore; Geometrice, Rockville Arts Place; and the traveling show Chance + Necessity, traveling. Upcoming exhibitions include shows at the Vanier Galleries in Tuscon and Scottsdale, AZ. Keesing studied at the Pratt Institute for several years. She received her BFA from the California College of Art and Crafts and her MFA from the University of North Carolina.
Nine Squares, oil on canvas, 72 x 72 inches, 2001
Graphite, oil on canvas, 78 x 54 inches, 2000