The Summer Dances series was inspired by live performances, but rather than being portraits of individuals or connected to specific dance works, the images exist independently, with soloists and grouped figures suspended within broad areas of light and sparkling hues.
The play between layers of translucent color is handled with delicacy and nuance. An image that appears effortless on first glance yields the discovery of multiple passages of color on closer inspection. Holistically, Serr’s handling of her process coalesces the varied, rich hues, with the resulting sum becoming greater than its parts.
Serr’s colors are airy and bright, brilliantly evocative of the tonalities of summer, but the subtle drama of her lines enlivens the works with a sense of suspended energy. The drawn figures are rarely solid but crafted from multiple passages of pressings that contribute to a flickering sense of motion.