Dusti Bongé blue and green joss paper watercolor

Wrapping up a series articles related to Dusti Bonge’s joss paper watercolor paintings. Dusti Bonge Art Foundation Executive Director Ligia M. Römer has the details.

Dusti Bongé, Untitled (Green & Blue Abstract), 1988, watercolor on joss paper, 4 7/8” x 5 5/8”.

Another beautiful joss paper from Dusti Bongé. This piece from 1988 is not quite so bright and fiery as some of the previous ones. Instead, it is rather cool, fluid and liquid. It’s light, translucent blues and greens hint at a refreshing pool of water. But, despite these cooler tones, the work is filled with light.

This is one of the joss papers that has a silver square on it, and in this instance Dusti Bongé may well have allowed that cool little square to dictate her choice of colors. The blue and green literally wash across the surface of the paper in a mostly horizontal, wavy, free flowing style, creating a sense of tidal movement.

However, on closer inspection, one can see a few sharp and jagged lines, ever so fine, that break up this fluidity. These edges are actually created by pieces of paper collaged onto the sheet.

Thus, along the right there is a collaged piece that introduces a vertical line, interrupting the horizontal flow. This line curves slightly inward toward the top, where it is accented by a spot of red, and then is cut off acutely just below the top edge of the joss paper.

On the left side there are two collaged pieces, one in green in the lower left quadrant with its acute angle poking into the space of the silver foil. This jagged piece is also highlighted along its lower edge with just a few dabs of red. Above this piece is a green and blue one with its torn right edge overlapping the silver square. This overlap is accented with hints of bright yellow.

This work was created around the time that Dusti Bongé and her friend Joey Rice were experimenting with the technique of marbleizing paper. They created various works with highly abstracted patterns instead of the more typical swirly motifs often found in marbleized paper. There is definitely an abstract marbled quality to this fluid work.

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