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  • Em Depre '13
  • Patio
  • 2019
  • Gouache and pen on paper
  • 5.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Courtesy of the artist

Patio captures the harmony Depre felt at the moment of its creation, looking out at a familiar, comfortable scene in a place that finally felt like home. She uses complementary colors and avoids sharp lines to express the warmth of her surroundings, while capturing the pleasant feeling of summer shifting to fall. Elements of the composition connect without appearing forced together or in conflict, evoking a sense of community and togetherness, which further contributes to the moment’s halcyon.

Lines in the composition, created by scraping through wet paint, represent how Depre’s eye moves through this environment. And her color palette reflects an emotional connection to the space before her, one reliant on the particular moment of the painting’s creation. Because she interprets a space abstractly, rather than aiming to produce a verisimilar representation of it, she could paint the same scene at different moments in time and create entirely different compositions. Depre suggests the small size of her work is a direct response to the large-scale works required in Hendrix’s painting classes. She also attributes her fascination with color to a semester long course on color theory within painting.

Depre graduated from Hendrix in 2013 with a Studio Art major and Art History minor. She continues to employ skills from her Fine Art courses in her professional career, particularly drawing on the idea of subconscious storytelling. She understands that, both in art and in her various roles, she is always communicating messages to an audience, even if that message spreads unintentionally or indirectly.