Pleasant’s studio practice begins with exploring figurative forms with ink and gouache on small pieces of paper, many of which are included in this exhibition. Through this direct and repetitive drawing process the shapes evolve and ultimately transition into larger scale and into various mediums, oil on canvas and fired and painted clay.
Pleasant’s work in for walls : to mirror was completed largely in isolation over the last year and a half. She was able to continue her reflection on bodies and the gestures and movement that they perform with or without others present. Many of the forms in the exhibition feature bodies in private contemplation: in dramatic reclines that transform torsos into landscapes and language at once. We are able to recognize these poses as a larger collective experience of being human.
Included in for walls : to mirror are a group of works on paper, paintings, and painted ceramic sculptures.