Rheingantz paints in a liminal space between abstraction and representation, each canvas a distillation of specific landscapes and memories from travels within her native Brazil and abroad.
Large canvases such as Suor, or “sweat”, the namesake painting of this exhibition, are awash with ethereal color which evoke both the enormity and tactility of the natural world. Smaller, more intimate works are sewn as embroideries on canvas, each stitch a textural analog to Rheingantz’s staccato-like brushstrokes.
This vacillation between extremely thick and thin paint functions as if one were to tighten the lens focus of a camera – an adjustment from the infinite to the infinitesimal. These contrasts offer not only an alluring depth of field but a crystallization of experience, as if the artist has translated the most vivid moments from a memory into concrete, tangible form. It is in this emotional space which Rheingantz thrives, placing the viewer within an utterly unique sensorial environment which emphasizes touch and feeling above observation alone.