paintings, drawings, works on paper (1994 - 2003)

 

Excerpt from Allowing for Accretion: The Art of Adele Henderson by Susan Tallman

Surprisingly perhaps, the standard definition of the word "accretion" is narrowly biological: Webster's New Collegiate gives us "growth; specifically organic growth," and "increase by external addition," and most poignantly, "a growing together of parts that are naturally separate." But "accretion" is regularly found in a multitude of other settings: in geology it describes the languid processes through which minerals and other substances grow from discrete components into rock. More metaphorically, it is used to speak of the ways in which elements of culture - historical events, figures, objects - become indissolubly attached to the emotional and social residue of subsequent years and usage.