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Tammi Campbell uses the mechanics – the materials and tools – of abstract painting to engage in an open conversation with Modernism. She revisits the history of modernist painting and, at the same time, becomes part of it in attempting to give new meaning to certain conventions. Studies (series) is representative of her recently developed strategies. The image suggests that the work is unfinished, that a final line remains to be painted before the masking tape can be removed. But a closer look reveals that the tape is actually a painted trompe-l’œil illusion. Masking tape is generally associated with the hard-edge technique, where it is used as a tool to execute perfectly straight lines and geometric shapes. In representing it here, the artist highlights the production process and challenges the viewer’s power of observation. M.-E. B.