Wash Over Me

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There is the change, there is the hope. Let's turn the stones. This piece is responding to the California's drought in recent years.

Acrylic and acrylic pen on panel, and I use the cardboard cutout for the shapes, in order to increase the depth from the panel.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

December 15, 2021

Frenzied mark-making, passages of impasto, and richly painted cardboard cutouts explode from the surface of Yuan Chen’s "Wash Over Me". The three-dimensional nature of the thick globs of paint and cardboard additions gives the work a markedly sculptural quality and creates a sense of depth and topography. These sculptural elements burst forth from the canvas and wash over the viewer like cascading water. 

"Wash Over Me" is a hopeful response to California’s water crisis. The white bubbles of paint at the center top of the composition provide the impression of splattering droplets of water or an increasingly rare rain shower. The rough surface feels like arid land bereft of life by the ever-worsening droughts. Chen, however, does not want us to despair, but to pay attention.

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Yuan Chen
Abstract, Abstraction
Painting - Framed
Acrylic, Canvas
33.00 inches wide
25.00 inches tall
1.25 inches deep
15.00 lbs
San Rafael , CA, US