Inspired by Arabic calligraphy, decoration, and the growth of trees and other plants, Lisa Stefanelli creates work that contemplates linear forms, arriving at them in surprising ways. “The images are a collection of movements and entanglements that do move toward resolution,” she has said. “They try to resolve themselves with as little damage as possible to themselves and those who experience them.” Her paintings and prints incorporate dancing, Jackson Pollock-like swirls, using a kind of Baroque repetition to compose forms across the page. In Trifecta (2003), a triptych of screenprints, boisterous whirls explode at the center of the picture plane, with black set against a glowing sepia tone. They gesture toward penmanship, but evoke instead a form of inexpressible bodily language.

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