The series of pastel ovals began one morning in 1981. In front of a blank piece of paper, Rita Blitt poised her hands, armed with conté crayons, at the bottom of the page. By this point in her practice, Blitt had already been making marks with both hands simultaneously, creating whimsical quasi-symmetrical line drawings. This particular day, she brought her hands up slowly, synchronized, arching to nearly graze the right and left edges of the paper, until her thumbs met at the apex. The resulting shape formed by the two separate but equal marks was an oval. She stopped and stood back from her drawing. Blitt describes having felt a deep sense of completion, wholeness, as though she had arrived at a final destination
The collection Finding Center, focuses on a group of pastels and paintings created within a 5-year period (1981-85). The pastels, paintings, and sculptures included in the exhibition explore the shape, nature and spirit of the oval or circle, an element that has been consistent in Blitt's drawings and sculptures since the 1960s. Many of these pieces are featured in the film Finding Center.