Jean Alexander Frater
Jean Alexander Frater, an innovative and contemporary artist, redefines the boundaries of traditional painting by embracing a "sculptural painting" approach. Weary of the conventional hierarchy of art forms, Frater's work challenges the long-held assumption that painting is superior to other mediums such as sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. In her creations, she places the canvas - often considered a mere support - at the center of the artistic process. Frater's technique involves painting 10-by-10-foot color fields reminiscent of Mark Rothko or Ellsworth Kelly, tearing them apart, and weaving them into intricate geometric shapes and patterns before painting over them once more. The result is a striking and dynamic fusion of painting and sculpture that invites the viewer to consider the tactile qualities of the canvas and question why some art forms have been historically favored over others.
Frater's work is characterized by its irreverent yet carefully crafted nature. The process of painting, tearing, and weaving not only gives rise to unique forms but also reveals underlying colors and textures, imbuing each piece with a rich and vibrant aura. These torn strips of canvas wrap and contain the painting, highlighting the tension inherent in the materials and shapes. Drawing from personal experiences of growth and constraint, Frater's art is deeply metaphorical, pushing the boundaries of conventional painting and urging a more thorough and engaging level of interaction. Her creations, like the vivid and expressive folds of her canvases, challenge the rigidity of artistic norms and inspire a reevaluation of what defines a painting.