Cartier’s unique sense of today’s contemporary world, the flash and the trash, can be felt throughout each canvas. Her fascination with, and filtering of, pop culture in the form of Rolexes and Ringpops is placed within these careful compositions that come together through various methods of making-- from risograph, to silkscreen, to spray paint. Cartier’s method of piling images, fragments, and papers on top of each other speaks to an ever-changing environment, the old is always being replaced by the new, but there are remnants and hints of history at every turn. Cartier herself is part of that cycle, saving from the street and reforming into a visual message that elicits at the same time, visual excitement, hip hop music, yesterday’s newspaper, the green light on the next block, and the sound of cars honking.
Cartier urges the viewer to feel encompassed by her abstract canvases and to find pleasure in seeking and sifting through the familiarity of what has been left behind in her paintings. Even in her smaller works, the artist implies the fragmented nature of our urban vision- a lens that is constantly being distracted and redirected by different colors, lights, graffiti, and paper leftovers. The range of these paintings has been created during the artist’s last couple years studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Being present in Philadelphia has directly influenced this body of work; from the repetitive printing of the West Philadelphia High School in Tear Out My Eyes to the “NO PARKING” notices from the PPA, the electricity, grittiness, and vibrancy of the city can be felt here.
By Alyssa Laverda, Associate Director, Seraphin Gallery