This catalog was published on the occasion of the exhibition “Emily Mason: A New Surface, A New Problem, Paintings on Paper from 1977-1990” at Weber Fine Art in Greenwich, CT, September 14 – October 21, 2023.
This exhibition showcases Emily Mason’s works on paper, her final decade working in her most prolific medium. The title, taken from an interview of Mason with Lona Foote in 1975, encompasses Mason’s intuitive techniques when addressing the surface. In an excerpt from the essay “Emily Mason’s Works on Paper, 1977-1990,” Mira Dayal writes in the catalog essay,
In Mason’s hands, the paper’s surface becomes its own environment or weather system—an ever-changing set of relations—with a landscape of forms-qua-continents crossed and surrounded by running liquids. We can almost picture the sun shining and melting blocks of color, and an atmosphere of fog sometimes passing over the work and manifesting as thinner veils of color, breaking at times to allow bright outlines of light to pass through.