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Painter Erika Ranee is on the cusp of a second coming of sorts. After earning an MFA and a promising start to her career in the mid-1990s, she settled into a self-imposed hiatus for nearly a decade. During that period, she refrained from showing and re-emerged having replaced her figurative painting style with a new passion for abstraction. The pivotal moment came as she struggled with a painting during a residency in Vermont in 2007. “I was having such a relaxed time painting every other space of that canvas except for the large looming figure hogging a third of the picture plane. It held me back from completing the painting. And the narrative that I created to fit the composition was also holding me back. “Finally, in apprehensive stages, the figure disappeared save for her eyes represented in its last incarnation as two small gold stars. I …
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