Frames of Vision
by John Shutz
Gallery Matrix, a new gallery on the West End featuring
local artists, opened on June 26 with Jennifer Ditacchio's sghow' "Windows".
All of Ditacchio's works of hot wax and deeply colored pigments are discovered
behind the frames and glass of old wooden window panes, so very effective
for her evocative paintings. Her encaustics are layer upon layer of textures-
compelling because of the thinckness and application of the medium. Each
work produces in the viewer a definate reflective mood, a sense of inner
contemplation. The images are always on the edge of recognition, summoning
up ghosts of memories that are glimpsed out of the corner of the minds
Standout pieces in the show include the lightbox "Box",
with its sense of lonliness and yearning, "Yersterdays,"
with its warm glow of past dreams and idealism and the stark "Pearl
Street", which causes one to want to turn up an imaginary collar
to the cold beauty of a winter night long remembered- a glimpse of the
infinite that can only be found in the chill bright stars at the waning
of the year.
Ditacchio successfully transmutes each of these external landscapes into
the internal, emotional landscapes of memory. The vivacious young artists
has begun turning emotions into vivid images. Her work will be on display
at Gallery Matrix all summer. The one person show runs through July 9.