Stephanie Wilde "Swarm II" 2014
We went to the Outsider Art Fair on Saturday, and it completely lived up to advance billing. It's the world's leading gathering of exhibitors specializing in often marginalized, art brut, or self-taught artists. In addition to being one of the more eclectic - and low-key - fairs, it is to my mind one of the most inspiring, and one of the most friendly to esoteric and/or fantastical visual tropes. I'll be featuring several discoveries I made there on here over the coming days.
First up is Stephanie Wilde whose exhibition at the Tanner Hill Gallery booth was easily one of the most show-stopping of the entire OAF. This set of paintings primarily focused on bees, which in addition to being timely re: the current apian crisis, have personal meaning for me (the name Pamela means "all honey"). Jpegs completely fail this magnificent work, which is embellished with gold pointilism and gold leaf, lending a reliquarian glow in person. Her backgrounds are patterned madly and meticulously, and filled with so much detail and dark, rich color that visitors of the show are given magnifying glasses with which to view it. Breath, taken.