Steir is an American artist who works in New York. She has made a number of paintings and prints on the theme of waterfalls. In the paintings, Steir applies a brush loaded with paint to the top of the painting and allows gravity to determine the run of paint. She employs gravity in a similar way in the prints. They engage not only with the gestural tradition of Abstract Expressionism and Jackson Pollock's method of dripping and pouring paint, but also with Minimalism and Chinese ink landscapes. While on the one hand they evoke abstracted images of waterfalls, they also suggest notions of mourning and veiling.
Gallery label, September 2004
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