Contractor’s newest series of tapestries inspired by Gustav Klimt’s mosaic style, is the FRACTURED SQUARE Series These weavings meld disparate elements into wholes, small squares or rectangles interrupted from becoming part of a larger square or rectangle by the background, creating a harmonious confluence of intersections and connections.
“An Equation for Beauty and Balance,” an article in Taos Magazine’s March/April 2011 issue by Suzanne Smith Arney, features Contractor’s latest works, including a novel form for the artist – the use of panoramic (horizontal) placement of her signature window leitmotif. As always, the article continues, “Looking through Contractor’s windows, we encounter a viewpoint that is purely abstract, yet vaguely familiar. Although we may not be able to articulate its ratio, we recognize its timeless perfection.”
The diversity of Contractor’s palette of wool yarns, much of it sourced and dyed in Northern New Mexico, create the lush colors of her newest tapestry works – divided into Brights and Jewels and Neons. Hues in the Brights weavings are electric and radiant, while Jewels gleam with rich depth. Every Contractor tapestry is striking in its geometry and audacious in her bold use of color. These works continue Contractor’s blend of the representational and the abstract and her geometrical contemporary feel in the ‘frames’ that surround the central designs.