based in the tradition of landscape painting, many of these expertly
composed collages find their inspiration in metaphysical realms.
Estuary and Cliff Dwellings are among the more
representational works in the show. Night Light – Cape
Cod appears to depict the dunes near Provincetown but moves
towards the abstract. Healing clearly reveals its landscape
roots but gives them sexual implications. Rivera
celebrates both paisaje and the palette of the artist who
inspired its title.
of Ms. Ehlers’ works depict three dimensional spaces but some
abandon landscape and representational space in favor of plane surface
design with finely finessed surfaces. Another Happiness
contrasts areas of detail with enigmatic dark layered masses while
Evening, which is supported by a wrapped object of indeterminate
origin, combines the flat and the dimensional.
45 of the collages in this exhibition are, in the spirit of Schwitters,
less than 5” x 7” image size and are framed under glass.
Some of the larger works (16” x 20” or 18” x 24”)
are unglazed and make use of crumpled paper and fabric to create
three dimensional surfaces.
show reveals Ms. Ehlers to be a skilled collagist. By artfully placing
her collage fragments in new contexts, the artist succeeds in obscuring
their origins, challenging the viewer to identify the sources of
the materials. The resulting mysteries add interest to the works.