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Nature's Struggle to Survive


by Benjamin Genocchio
The New York Times   April 27, 2008

Joan Perlman's paintings of receding glaciers in Iceland are sensuous and lovely. They capture the mutability of the Icelandic landscape using a multilayered process of painting and pouring acrylic paint and ink on canvas. The artist refers to them as "abstracted stories of personal experience," according to the exhibition catalog, a description that squares nicely with their ethereal qualities.