“Geometry deals with pure form and philosophical geometry re-enacts the unfolding of each form out of a preceding one. It is a way by which the essential creative mystery is rendered visible."
American artist Grace DeGennaro creates minimal compositions based on traditional symbols and sacred geometry. Her paintings, watercolors and works on paper bridge Eastern and Western thought through ancient uses of pattern, symmetry and iconic symbolism found in traditional forms such as Byzantine mosaics, indigenous weavings and Tibetan mandalas. Rooted in geometric forms and the process of accretion, each picture plane depicts a deliberate layering of transparent shapes and collections of opaque dots and beads of color. All of DeGennaro’s series explore forms and mathematical proportions such as the Golden Mean (which she employs to determine the dimensions of her canvases) and Fibonacci sequences, as well as organic elements and the duality of abstract geometry and mythology. Each piece shares a meditative quality evoking stillness, balance and harmony--the very characteristics that geometric forms seek to awaken. While striving for symmetry and precision in all of her work; evidence of the artist’s hand renders each piece subtly asymmetric, serving as a reminder to the viewer of a collective humanity.