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    Red Mesa

    Acrylic on canvas
    40 1/2 in. x 42 in.
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    Red Mesa, 1977
    Dorothy Fratt
    Acrylic on canvas
    40 1/2 in. x 42 in.
    Acquired  by the Fine Arts Commission. In memory of Dickson Hartwell 1983.002

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    Dorothy Fratt’s Red Mesa is a painting of a landmark in Apache County, Arizona. Using color as an emotive language, Fratt worked in abstraction and color field painting to explore visual landscapes. For the artist, color was a tool to express the uniquely personal, exploring the purpose of placement. Everything from a line to a dot, no matter how small, was a channel for color and an opportunity for experimentation. In describing Fratt’s use of color, Harry Wood wrote, “Although the colors ignite each other with their brilliance, they seem to melt together, with the inevitability and ease of natural law.”

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