Glen Echo Park Galleries Presents Irene Pantelis WHEN OUR EDGES GROW SOFT at Stone Tower Gallery

Now I Close My Eyes (2020) by Irene Pantelis.
Reception: Friday, July 2 from 6pm to 8pm

“Our bodies had limits, perimeters, Edges marking the end of us and the beginning of not us…,” writes José Antonio Rodríguez in his poem In the Presence of Sunlight. Thinking about these “edges” of ours, I set out to draw portraits, initially of myself, and then of others whose photographs caught my attention on the internet. I began each drawing by placing on the paper a puddle of the most basic of elements, which comprises most of our bodies, and which we share with the rest of nature—water. Mindful of the water puddles’ natural edges—their borders and surface tension—I drew mostly with inks. As the water’s expressive power transformed my rhythmic mark making, I felt as if I was watching a story unfold on the paper, a narrative about the fluid and murky nature of identity and memory, freshly extracting from my present-day subjects older, maybe even ancient, archetypes of sorts, echoing back to me the last line in Rodríguez’ poem—”I’ve written about this so many times.”

On View: 

  • July 2-August 1, 2021
    Saturdays & Sundays 12:00-6:00 p.m.

Stone Tower Gallery is located at 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, MD.