|Lynn Talbot is a painter
and sculptor who frequently employs objects or shaped forms as the structure on
which her subjects are painted. Many of these objects possess an inherently intimate
scale, and the way the paintings are created on them creates a near-conspiratorial
bond with the viewer, who has the sensation of entering a distinctly private realm.
Often this is expressed by limiting the painted area of a work to a very small
area, but allowing that section to literally burst into imagery which in turn
contrasts sharply with the surrounding surface. In some of her recent sculptures,
Talbot has begun to employ modified furniture designs, which allow her to present
the works themselves as pedestrian objects with their own secret areas of representation.
These object-pieces are not usually painted, but they do reveal a use of other
kinds of details (crystal doorknobs, elaborate pullchains) that carefully dissolve
the boundaries between painterly detail and the cabinetmakerís precise and utilitarian
(excerpt from Dan Cameron's catalog essay, click to see full text)