“Blind Beginnings”

By Janice Zimolzak

In her latest body of work, Terry Tomlinson breaks completely from hand papermaking to approach paper from a fresh perspective. For those familiar with her journey into papermaking and the transformation of handmade paper into unique elegant sculptural art, “Blind Beginnings,” an exhibition of abstract drawings, will pleasantly surprise in scale, medium and composition. She begins with a canvas of linen, velvet or handmade paper, though not of her own making. Often with closed eyes Tomlinson approaches the canvas with a word, feeling or shape that comes to mind, utilizing it to develop abstract imagery drawn from her internal visual vocabulary. Working with pairs instead of a single piece of paper, the diptych allows for fluidity of movement within a complex composition.

“Blind Beginnings” abstract drawings
By Terry Ann Tomlinson
Sat, Feb 23, 5-8pm
Terry Ann Tomlinson Gallery
Terreplén 29

Driven by a fertile imagination and experimental nature, Tomlinson’s imagery can be strong, ethereal, somewhat reminiscent of nature, or independent of visual reference; but it is always assertive. Handmade pastels in deep rich hues create a luminous textured effect, complimenting skillful use of ink in line and mark-making.  Surfaces are further enriched with novel and diverse use of graphite powder. The result of her expressive use of color and imaginative drawing is sensual and visually intriguing.

Following a career as a flavor chemist, Terry Tomlinson studied at the prestigious Art Students League in New York City.  She had already been successfully showing her work throughout the United States for 20 years, when in 2002 she discovered papermaking at the local Bellas Artes. She continued garnering papermaking experience, including very sophisticated Japanese techniques, from world-renowned paper artists primarily at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosedale, New York.  Having beautifully mastered her new medium, Tomlinson developed techniques that are uniquely her own. Her first San Miguel showing “Papeles Transformados” at the Bellas Artes in 2004 was captivating and memorable. Many of us who attended have been compelled to follow her journey over the past decade. “Blind Beginnings” is a sharp and exciting turn in the road.

“Blind Beginnings” will be presented on February 23 at a cocktail reception from 5 to 8pm at the Terry Ann Tomlinson Gallery, Terreplén 29 and every Wednesday from 11am to 3pm, or by appointment: (415) 152-2616.


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