Oona Ratcliffe: Life Lines -
OONA RATCLIFFE, "drawing 368 G ," 2022, ink on paper, 11 x 14 inches, courtesy of the artist. Photo credit Kyoko Hamada.

Coastal Marin Artists Gallery

Oona Ratcliffe: Life Lines

February 4 - April 2, 2023


Curated by Louisa Gloger

Oona Ratcliffe is an artist born and raised in Bolinas and now residing in New York. This exhibition of botanical line drawings is from a body of recent works on paper, all made while Ratcliffe was living in Bolinas during the past few years. The drawings have functioned as a deep revisiting of the genesis and inspiration for the large-scale abstractions the artist has made over the last two decades. Direct observations of plants gathered mainly from her mother’s garden in Bolinas and the gardens of other close friends, as well as a generous collaboration with Mary Nesbit’s California Orchids; these drawings primarily reflect Ratcliffe’s relationship with line, shape, and form, and her curiosity about the spaces between abstraction and representation. The exhibition includes a few small oil paintings that connect through color and composition to her large-scale abstractions. Ratcliffe earned a BA at UC Santa Cruz and an MFA at Hunter College in New York.

OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, February 4th
3 PM Talks / 4 – 5 PM Reception