Art & Design
Zoe Pettijohn Schade’s Artful Histories
Artist Zoe Pettijohn Schade has used gouache paint—an opaque, watercolor-esque pigment—since the beginning of her career, but it wasn’t until she began looking into the its illustrious past, specifically its role in 17th- and 18th-century French textile pattern paintings, that she became deeply interested in the medium. After a Fulbright grant and a decade of research, Pettijohn Schade is unveiling her findings with an exhibition at Kai Matsumiya Gallery, where her saturated images of monkeys, skulls and tombstones will hang alongside 18th-century gouache paintings from the Design Library in Wappinger Falls, NY. Here, the artist talks about her labor-intensive practice.
Pettijohn Schade’s “Crowds” will be on view until May 9th at Kai Matsumiya Gallery, New York kaimatsumiya.com.