(12) 20"x20" panels, Framed diptych. The painting shows a patch of leafy, grassy, somewhat unkempt ground. The distance between us and the subject appears small, producing a flat appearance and an extremely strong textile sense. It takes a moment for our eyes to process all the visual stimuli on offer—the grasses are very green indeed, and the dead leaves are painted with bright cadmium reds and oranges. Every inch of the painting contains something, every inch rendered to equal finish. No spot on the canvas receives preferential treatment. This allover-ness has the effect of making the painting seem to extend far beyond its edges, and this effect is amplified by the painting’s format, a tiled assemblage of twelve individual panels. Navratil’s view of nature is both minute and infinite.
Acrylics on (12) cradled birch panels