Portico Series: Basques
Portico Series consists of mixed media works on black paper, which emphasize intricately drawn lines and brush strokes from handmade, clay-based paint. These images, which have a lace-like, mandala quality, are patterns generated by the repetition of a single design element from a carved wooden doorway in Rome. Agati builds the work slowly mark-by-mark, form-by-form, following an adaptable set of rules. The arrangement of shape and pattern has become for the artist, a loose mathematical method for exploring a multitude of visual possibilities.
Portico Series has been described as “mixed-media drawings whose intricate patterns suggest lacework…yielding a reflective quality. Complex and shimmering, such exquisite compositions as Basques…evoke flowers, jewelry and orderly galaxies in the dark of space.”
Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, February 2014
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