Arch Enemy Arts presents OF SHADOW AND BLOSSOM, a spotlight of five new drawings by L.A.-based artist Allison Reimold. For this series, Reimold’s use of graphite on vellum adds a soft, velvety feel to hyper-feminine black-and-white drawn portraits.
“It's a very simple series,” Reimold told us. “I’m using grayscale values to explore themes of springtime all based in depicting the female form. I find that without placing a female figure in a work, I can't really see myself inside of the world I'm creating.”
OF SHADOW AND BLOSSOM pairs the rich elegance of Victorian cameos carved into soft stone with the sumptuousness of the contemporary female gaze. Smoldering and ethereal, these women are smoke and shadow, their grace and allure accentuated by floating butterflies and seductive snakes, opulent flowers and sprawling ivy. They wear nature like jewelry and armor, proud badges that highlight them at the apex of femininity.
An L.A. native and true Angeleno, Reimold graduated from Otis College of Art and Design, and she works full-time illustrating movie posters at one of the leading advertising agencies in the industry. Reimold has been showing her work with Arch Enemy Arts since 2017, and has appeared in multiple group and solo exhibitions with the gallery.
- Candice Musher