Visiting artist Margaret Maugenest welcomes spring at the Rosefsky Gallery with an art installation of large diaphanous paintings on silk and other smaller works. She will give a presentation on her evolution from large paintings to small and then to painting on silk at 5 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the gallery. The colorful large silk paintings on display are from a series she calls “Painted Light.” The panels are hung from the ceiling. Because of their translucence, they interact with light as well as their surrounding environment. The smaller pieces in the exhibition show some other materials with which Maugenest likes to work, such as watercolors on cigarette papers and Japanese Shikishi Paper Boards.
Maugenest was born in Indonesia of Asian and European descent. One of her Dutch forebears, Abraham Toorop, came to Indonesia in the 1700s. He was an indigo maker. Another relation, also a Toorop, was a batik artist in Central Java. Maugenest dedicates her silk installation to their memory.
The Rosefsky Gallery is open from noon-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The show will run through March 22.