2015 Recto/Verso Paintings
Nelson's pulsating and vibrant paintings embrace a plurality of holes, simultaneity of sides and folds, and chromatic movement. Formal frameworks of absence and negation are paired with exuberant colors and playfully immersive surfaces of paint. In this body of work, Nelson painted on all sides of the canvas and hung her paintings from the ceiling or perpendicular to the wall, to dance with the viewer as one moved throughout the gallery, and in so doing, inviting expansive, individual, and temporal possibilities of viewing. The effect was a reversible painting installation, where no single angle looked the same, and paintings each contain their own logic of dissonance or harmony between recto and verso sides.