Faces Without Noses
For over fifty years, Emeryville artist M. Louise Stanley’s large scale paintings have roamed across themes of classical myths, feminism, art history, travel and current politics. An anchor for Stanley’s formidable creative output is her sketchbooks. As she says, “Sketchbooks are a major part of my process, they define my compulsions!” Faces Without Noses presents a survey of Stanley’s sketchbooks, capturing the skill of her draftsmanship and including her most quintessential subjects. The sketchbooks are accompanied by a selection of Stanley’s paintings demonstrating the development of her ideas from sketchbook to canvas.
Image: M. Louise Stanley, Truncis naribus, airplane back home, June 9, 1994 (sketchbook page), 1994. Courtesy of the Artist