A sequence of charcoal drawings to be exhibited close to one another
in a horizontal line as if at a refectory table.

(Click each image.)

I once watched a couple peel two oranges for dessert. The man used a small paring knife to score the peel of the sphere with longitudinal lines. He separated the sections and placed them in a neat stack on a small white plate. Across the table the woman pulled ragged bits of peel from the orange and dropped them randomly around her plate. The image haunted me until I made a painting of it. Later I came across a picture of a young girl practicing the proper way to peel an apple. The photograph triggered a drawing. The drawing made me wonder what else a girl would be taught. How to fold a napkin or butter bread? The drawings continue to multiply and extend the length of the table at which other girls appear. Each new drawing brings forth an unexpected personality. These are not specific portraits but somehow I have seen these girls. Now I wonder how they will respond to their training.

Drawings: charcoal and gesso on paper, 30" x 22"
© 2001 Maxine Martell

Maxine Martell has work in numerous public and private collections. Her most recent solo exhibition was at the Jundt Art Museum, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington. She exhibits regularly at Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, Washington and at Lorinda Knight Gallery in Spokane. An installation of five large paintings can be seen in the South Satellite at Sea-Tac International Airport, Seattle. Contact: mmart388[AT]msn.com (replace [AT] with @).   

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