Art Basel Miami Beach

In Rachel Howard’s abstract paintings chaos and control work in tandem. With a practice that is fundamentally concerned with the palpable sensation of contradiction, she manipulates the notion of painting – interrogating the medium, encouraging it to behave in unexpected and experimental ways. To create her lined paintings the artist builds up a structure, similar to a grid or a mesh of paint, only to unravel its foundations using varnish and turpentine. Determined by a combination of the weight and viscosity of the paint, the form of the painting relies upon precision and chance, as in Slip Slide Curl Lick where curlicues of pigment evoke a myriad of organic forms.