Ali Cavanaugh's Modern FrescosIllustration // Thursday, 14 Feb 2013
Ali Cavanaugh was born in St. Louis in 1973 and has worked as a professional artist for 17 years. Cavanaugh developed a process best described as modern fresco, where she applies watercolor to plaster panels; her figures often are accentuated by stark white negative spaces. Fascinated by the dichotomy of the seen and unseen in the human condition…body and soul…Cavanaugh’s art brings to light the complexity within contemplation. Her signature poetic titles are part of this engaging discourse. 'My dependence on the visual world began when I lost much of my hearing through spinal meningitis at 2 years of age. This loss was a blessing in disguise as I learned to depend on body language and reading lips to communicate. So, from my youngest days, I became sensitive to the people around me and the unspoken language revealed through compositions of the human body.'