Medium and Support:
Graphite and charcoal on panel
Gift of Norm Applebaum
48 in. x 24 in. x 2 1/8 in. (121.92 cm x 60.96 cm x 5.4 cm)
Crosthwaite writes, “In my depiction of figures, I am dedicated to using classical technique, minute in detail. The absence of color allows each work to be viewed as an objective documentation of events from which the spectator’s involvement is forbidden. It is not my objective to create compositions to which viewers can relate. It is my intent to create works that maintain their mysteriousness in spite of their classical figurative representation.”
In Covered Woman, the enigmatic figure’s billowy dress and exaggerated form, along with the contrast of her white shape that emerges from a dark background are signs of a contemporary baroque style. Crosthwaite synthesizes the power of dramatic contrasting elements and the distortion of form to develop his practice with roots in the art historical tradition.
Last Updated: 12/5/2011