Raúl de Nieves
Plastic beads, glue, wood panel
60 × 48 × 2½ inches
Courtesy of the artist and Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles / Paris
The passage of time makes itself visible in nature through color. The seasons, marked by Earth’s relationship to the sun, march ceaselessly into one another—the death of winter brings the rebirth of life in spring. De Nieves envisions these seasonal shifts in four crystal-encrusted paintings. Each painting in the series is appropriately titled after one of the four seasons, personified as a character. The “face” of each corresponding season appears from beneath dense foliage, rendered in a range of colors that evoke the natural passage of time.
–Risa Puleo, Curator