What the Quiet Can Do
Emilie Beadle describes painting as a way of retreating from the outside world. It’s nearly impossible to go a day without screens, acerbic news headlines, and pixelated images of your best friend’s afternoon cocktail. Too much of anything will kill you, including posts on Instagram and endless news feeds. Beadle gives us the opportunity to step back and shut down. You don’t have to “Like” anything. There’s no comments section. In fact, just keep your opinions to yourself.
Unlike so many of her peers, Beadle doesn’t seem to agonize over her paintings. She’s found a place of joy and personal contentment. She’s not painting for anyone other than herself; free to muse over the enchanted forests of her childhood home in Michigan or the lights on Detroit’s edge. Living in Michigan is a great asset for a painter like Beadle. She doesn’t have to worry about the whining critiques of art know-it-alls and hipster gallery owners. It’s easy to imagine her paintings hanging in a seaside gallery on the coast of Lake Michigan next to the perennial lighthouses and
sloping dunes. Much like the birch trees themselves, the work stews in silence, waiting for someone to stop and smell the roses.
Beadle focuses on tunnels of trees, sunflowers, cityscapes and abstract shapes. Every painting uses a grid to make sense of the space. Metallic or ghost white squares rigidly divide the canvas with specks of light in the center. Beadle remains loyal to the palate knife, refusing to use anything with bristles or hair. Paint gets slapped, stuck, or smeared across the frame. Every mark is visible to the eye. Colors swipe into one another with unpredictable results. Lines butt heads and overlap, competing for the viewer’s attention.
There’s an orderly free flow to the work as if the paintings were competing against themselves. Nature is not bound by rigid lines or finite geometrical shapes. The birch trees crisscross and bend at their will, while the rest of the space remains confined and gridlocked to a tee. Beadle doesn’t use photographs to create her nature
Blue abstract - oil on canvas, 2015