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Squares in a Circle by Katherine Finn-Gamino © 2012 Creativity Explored. Pen and marker on paper, 16" x 18.5."
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Squares in a Circle by Katherine Finn-Gamino

Posted on April 6, 2013

One of the best things about the Creativity Explored space is that it offers a diversity of contexts in which to experience art. The outer gallery space displays art in the traditionally elevated setting, while the studio space allows for a more private exploration. I came upon Katharine Finn-Gamino’s Squares in a Circle while rummaging through the folders a long time ago. For some unplaceable reason, I kept coming back to the drawing week after week. Why?

Squares in a Circle is a marker drawing of a circle striated in various shades of grey and studded with squares of bright colors. Shimmering gold lines break through the grey like aurum veins in volcanic rock. The orb floats mysteriously on a plain white background.  It is a quiet drawing, but its formal beauty makes a curious impact.

Digging through stacks of drawings and paintings in a search for a personal treasure allows me to relate to art more as a personal communication than a cultural object. Finn’s gilded object feels like a magnified amulet. The mosaic-like inlays bring to mind a Byzantine zodiac. Its rhythmic harmony induces a nearly mystical state of contemplation.

Having landed at my last paragraph, I can’t say I’ve pinned down what exactly it is that draws me to this piece. Finn is a young artist who is still developing and refining her style, but judging by her ability to induce the ineffable, her future is bright.

Written by Creativity Explored volunteer Jayinee Basu. Stay tuned for more of Jayinee's submissions. In the meantime, check out her style blog Visual Input or her poetry blog Thickness and Touch. 

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