Zemma Mastin White
b. 1958 , Wilmington, DE
Painter and printmaker Zemma Mastin White approaches her work from a formalist perspective to explore the relationships between shapes and colors for their own sake rather than for what they may represent. Using mixed media, such as Flashe and acrylic paint, Cray-Pas, graphite, and paint markers Mastin White layers line, color, and forms to create different patterns and textures through layers of mark making. In particular, she is influenced by urban grid patterns such as subway grates, skeletons of trees, and even the streets and buildings themselves. This attention to the texture and order of urban spaces is reflected in her work, both their grid-like compositions, cacophonous patters, and muted color pallets.