30 x 30 cm | 11 x 11 in
Original painting in oil and acrylic on stretched chiffon voile.
Rebecca is constantly experimenting with new media and in this piece has used voile, which has a beautiful translucent quality, shimmering in the light depending on where the light falls and revealing the wooden canvas stretcher beneath the work. This technique is in keeping with the subject matter of the fleeting nature of beauty and the use of delicate, feminine fabrics in place of canvas adds meaning to the work.
Fontaine-Wolf is an artist of great technical ability, tact and an instinct so sure and refined that her work can afford to be as much about what she leaves out as what she gives existence to in the final work. A fine balance between the extremes of the photo-realistic and the expressionist; polished fullness and the flatness of a blank canvas, the resulting paintings retain the rawness of a work that seems to have been born in front of you. This dialectic between the tamed and the wild finds its thematic echo in the notion of femininity and the expectations of beauty that Wolf presents and evaluates.