Spanning drawings on antique ledger book pages to bamboo line sculptures, Louise Despont’s recent body of work evokes balance in its most essential geometry. Her new works visualize the artist’s exploration of homeopathy and alternative healing modalities as a practice parallel to drawing itself. How can remedies be visualized, Despont asks, and what kinds of healing signals or vibrations can drawings transmit?
In many ways, each of Despont’s compositions realize an architecture of balance through their relationship of color and pattern. The artist uses architectural stencils, graphite, and colored pencils to render her meticulous works on paper, a process that is equal parts improvisation and meditation. Over the past 3 years, Despont has begun to experiment off the page, too, making line drawings in space with bamboo and string. Inspired by techniques employed by traditional Balinese kite makers, the artist collaborated with master craftsmen to whittle, bend, and shape harmonious forms which were then affixed to hand-dyed fabrics.
Louise Despont (b. 1983, New York, NY) lives and works between Bali and New York. She received her BA in Art Semiotics at Brown University in 2006. Despont has had solo exhibitions at The Drawing Center, New York; Pioneer Works, Brooklyn; Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York; Galerie Isa, Mumbai; and Ibid Projects, London. Group exhibitions include The Drawing Room, London; Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Spain; VI,VII, Oslo; Petit Palais, Paris; The Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and Ibid Projects, London, among numerous others.
Her work can be found in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and the RISD Museum, Providence.