Re-thinking the human body, specifically her own female form, Neri is obsessed with binary opposition: pain and pleasure; nurturing and torturing; procreating and aborting. These tensions set the stage for a provocative dance between figurative and abstract.. Each painting is a psychologically charged drama rich in folding, bulbous flesh, soaring glowing light, and an abundance of womanly life force.
Technically, the paintings evolve out of a vigorous, almost brutal treatment of surface. Neri attacks the paintings by sanding and scraping off dried paint, drawings or magazine pages that were pressed into wet gesso. The resulting pentimento begins the new narrative influenced by the mythologies of 16th Century Italian art and into which Neri pours into her personal symbolism.
PERRI NERI Brooklyn, NY www.perrineri.com
PERRI NERI—new paintings, solo exhibition, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
GO BROOKLYN OPEN STUDIOS PROJECT, September 8-9, Brooklyn, NY