© José Betancourt and Susan Weil
The piece contains five panels, there are tree branches in 5 that connect from panel to panel. There are hands collaged on that resemble leaves.
Weil was a student at Black Mountain College for the 1948–1949 academic year and faculty wife to Robert Rauschenberg in the 1951 summer. At the Académie Julian in Paris in 1948, she met art student Rauschenberg, who subsequently applied to the college. Both studied with Josef Albers, whose exercises in design and color exerted a strong influence. In New York City Weil introduced Rauschenberg to blueprint paper as a medium, and together they transformed Weil’s childhood exploration of blueprints into life-sized “blueprint paintings.” Later collaborating with artist Betancourt, Weil revisited the blueprint medium. In her art, through reconfiguration of the single image, Weil challenges the singularity of meaning and of visual perception. In Leaf Hands the artists merge two compelling images, the trunk of the tree and the human hand (here belonging to Betancourt’s wife), each with a multiplicity of symbolicinterpretations.
Exhibition Title: Asheville Art Museum: An Introduction to the Collection
Label Date: 2021
Type: Catalogue Entry
Written by: Mary Emma Harris
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