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Born in Mexico, Edda Renouf studied art in New York, Munich and Paris. While browsing in a Paris art-supply store in 1971, Renouf held a linen canvas up to the light and observed how the weave of the bare canvas created an abstract composition. This inspired her to develop her signature technique of removing threads from her canvas, and painting over them to create subtle compositions that derive from the essential forms of the painting itself, as demonstrated in Wing Piece II. As Renouf has described, “I make things speak which already exist and are fundamental.”
Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, New York; given to the National Gallery of Art probably 1991-1992; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2008 through the national gift program The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, organized by the National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.