Laura Ross-Paul – Red Boot

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Laura Ross-Paul , Red Boot, 2013
Oil, watercolor, wax on Hulle paper on board
On view at Froelick Gallery, February 4 – March 15, 2014

It’s a cliché that things look different at night, but one that is certainly at play in this painting. Laura Ross-Paul’s lovely Red Boot shows a woman at night sitting on a bench. She seems inwardly focused, intent only on her phone and its powers to transport and inform. Around the sitting woman is a beautiful urban nocturne. Night has made this city scene softer, more mysterious, and somehow more natural, but the woman seems not to notice. This painting is part of Urban Forest, Ross-Paul’s exhibit at Froelick Gallery. The proximity of natural beauty and our ability to overlook it is a recurring theme here. Even if some of the characters within Ross-Paul’s paintings are absorbed by their digital devices her work certainly pays careful attention to urban nature in all its strange beauty. (Up next will be a tree portrait from this same exhibit).

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