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THE DELPHIC PILLARS OF ISABELLE GROS

There is a shock of antiquity acquiescing to modern form in Isabelle Gros’ formidable new work of oil on canvasses which are scrolled into individual towering pillars. The pillars emanate a Delphic sensibility, as if Ms. Gros has unearthed the remains of a temple foundation. The pillars are alive with ethereal tableaus, the swirl of surface paint vibrates with liberated color and recognizable shifting forms morphing into powerful eternal themes. The painted pillars can only be textually understood by the viewer’s active engagement of journeying around and among them, until all predetermined sense of intellectual discourse is abandoned. One enters this provocative landscape with a sharp sense of discovering the poignant ache of liberating desires, the practical sacrifices and silent triumphs of a woman’s life seasons, which is the painter’s declared purpose and ultimate success.

BY THOMAS SANCHEZ