Gertie's Window Project
‘It was – she told me – as if, on the night of a full moon over the sea, the intense black mass of a storm advanced across the sky, swallowing every light, eroding the circumference of the moon’s circle, and disfiguring the shining disk, reducing it to its true nature of rough insensate material.’
Referencing sacred geometry and mathematics, Kerri Ammirata’s paintings dissolve boundaries and disintegrate shapes into hypnotic, rhythmic marks. Each work is made with her invented technique of paint carving. The surfaces are formed through the accrual of hundreds of layers of acrylic paint which she then carves into with woodworking and printmaking tools; a ritualistic action that is both aggressive and meditative. Although Ammirata's work is carefully planned, in the moment of execution, the relief carving dictates the final look of the piece. These contemplative movements create a sacred space within the studio in which to find truth and transcendence within each work.