Liz Ward makes meticulous, delicate paintings that are informed by nature and evoke an organic elegance. Drawn with a tiny silver wire on tinted gesso, her fragile networks of hairlike lines trace the shapes of microscopic pollen spores. For her large wall collage, The Mesquite Line, Ward used a notoriously finicky 19th-century photographic process that uses sunlight and water-based pigments to create dozens of gum bichromate flora prints. In Ward's skillful hands, the subtle monochromatic images in pale tans and leaf-greens seem effortless.
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