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This painting was exhibited in the open section (aperto) of the Venice Biennale in 1990. It is representative of an early phase of Rae's work in terms of its clarity of form and colour, unbalanced composition and disjointed motifs. Much of the canvas is left blank. As a result the marks themselves encourage more concentrated examination. Rae paints in a variety of manners, sometimes applying paint thickly and at others very thinly and flatly. Although she observes closely the styles of other artists she avoids parody by weaving them together in such a way as to transform them.

August 2004