Transitory Waterscapes: Landscape Paintings and an Evaporation Pool by Danae Mattes

Danae Mattes (American, b. 1958), <em>Rain, A Hundred Roots Silently Drinking</em>, 2010, clay, paper, and pigment on canvas, 66 x 133 x 9 inches. Artist's Collection.

Danae Mattes (American, b. 1958), Rain, A Hundred Roots Silently Drinking, 2010, clay, paper, and pigment on canvas, 66 x 133 x 9 inches. Artist's Collection.

Snite Museum of Art August 9 through December 6, 2015

The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, will feature landscape paintings and an evaporation pool by American artist Danae Mattes from August 9 to December 6, 2015.

These beautiful landscapes are the artist’s personal “maps” of time spent within nature, formal equivalents to the experience of moving through the landscape.   She combines “materials and methods that are, in themselves, directly extracted from the earth and which interact in ways that are inherent to their physical properties.”  That is, the paintings are created from clay, fiber, and pigments, where shapes, patterns, and forms are revealed over time as pigments drain across sloped canvases and as pools of clay and pigment evaporate.

The week of September 7-11 Danae Mattes will also install an evaporation pool within the gallery with the assistance of Prof. Wm. Kremer and a few of his ND students. Liquid clay will be poured into a clay basin on the gallery floor.  As the water evaporates from the clay over days and weeks, the various clays used will create distinct cracking and tonal patterns.

More images and information are available at the artist’s website:  www.danaemattes.net

Join us for a public reception from 2:00–4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 13 to celebrate this and all of the other fall special art exhibitions. Admission is free; all are welcome.