Emerging from Reigl’s interest in action and gesture, this painting shows the result of an intense and concise engagement with materials. She cut directly into a rich black and orange layer in a burst of energy which is held in the paint. ‘I work with my entire body, to my full arms’ reach’, she has explained. Reigl comes from a senior generation of European artists who established a gestural abstraction in the post-war years. Mass Writing was influenced by Surrealist automatism, which she encountered in Paris after escaping communist Hungary in 1950.