Big, gestural mark-making and an architectural sense of scale are characteristic of RJ Messineo’s recent paintings. Much of the work comes from interactions with her surroundings – a stairwell, window, or wall – and their real-world physicality comes through in her abstract works. In After Cathedral, planks of rough-cut wood create a geometric pattern on the surface that also acts as a wall for color to peek through and interact with. The wood elements extend off the work, further emphasizing the physicality of the canvas and the objectness of the piece. Messineo has been included in exhibitions at galleries in New York and Los Angeles.