Mimi Cahalan's compositions might, from a distance, appear like abstract painting -- pigment on canvas -- but upon closer inspection, they reveal themselves to be something a bit more than that. Cahalan applies paint to aluminum strips (I love the ones that are curled and appear to float feather-like around the surface of the panel) and then fixes them to the panel with nails. They are fabricated as much as painted, the nails like the rivets in airplane wings, taking the rough-hewn, industrial quality that we associate with riveting and metalwork and applying it to the delicate surface of her beautiful works. It's clear that she derives creative energy from the melding of both painting and constructing.
Cahalan is a Santa Cruz-based artist whose work and other information can be viewed on her website, mimicahalan.com.