Beverly Ress, Phantom, 2010.
Colored pencil on paper, mounted on gessoed canvas, cut, folded, sewn.
In the collection of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Beverly Ress, Primary Birds, 2013.
Colored pencil on paper, cut, twisted, reattached.
Courtesy of the artist.
Over the past several years Beverly Ress has focused on drawing objects collected by natural history and medical museums, then manipulating the paper on which they're drawn. Her closely observed renderings of objects combine with the abstract paper manipulations to create a contemporary form of memento mori.