Galerie Gris is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by Susan Wanklyn. The works range in size from 34 x 36 inches to 9 x 12 inches and are casein on wood panel, included are a series of gouache and casein drawings on paper titled ‘Plant Life’. In this body of work that Wanklyn refers to as “Cookie Cutter” paintings, the spontaneous, the casual, and the ephemeral of finding such ‘ready made’ shapes (sometimes inspired by appliquéd fabric and clothing) inhabit a spirited world of nonobjective charm. Within these intuitive compositions there is an adept placement of forms, sometimes the shapes behave as space, sometimes as things. The shapes are freed from the ground and placed so that they have a definitive relationship to the space around them. With color and tonality the shapes always find their own space, demanding a separateness while maintaining a focus on the relationship between shape, form and color. In these paintings Wanklyn creates space for the imagination, clearly eluding a distinctive narrative. The idea of painting as a means to an emotional and spiritual end with subtle fluctuation between the meditative, decorative and familial resemblances creates lyrical work of visual serenity, joyful paintings.