For several years, Adriane Herman’s work has focused on the seemingly mundane paper trails we leave behind as the detritus of daily life: to-do lists, post-it notes, reminders. In her newest body of work, Herman again finds inspiration in lists, but through a labor-intensive process of clay burnishing, makes the ephemeral eternal. These works are inlaid burnishing clay panels that highlight the marks made when one crosses an item off a hand-written list, a gesture of completion, a “finish line.” As Herman states, “I believe we all deserve a moment to stop and reflect on and commune with accomplishment.” The title of the exhibition refers both to the focus on crossed-out words, but also to the highly polished surface of the panels, which are reflective to the point of deception – the clay begins to take on the appearance of granite or marble, suggesting a permanent monument to the completion of a task. The work itself is a hybrid of ceramic, printmaking, and painting, combining a process of layering, carving, filling and sanding burnishing clay, then buffing to a high gloss. Each panel is a cropped and enlarged view of a crossed-out list, which references the high Modernist gestural mark of the Abstract Expressionists, while embracing the Postmodern concerns of identity and language. The lists were chosen both for their visually compelling marks and the content that is revealed on close examination. For more information or to download a press release, please click here.