The Numeration of Hope and Memory Painting by Esther Hoflick

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Painting: Oil on Wood.

My recent series "Paintings of the Unseen" on wood are evocative of imaginary and ambiguous landscapes where one can become lost. They respond to my experience of place while exploring dualities such as rural vs. urban, visible structure vs. the unseen structures of matter and the conscious vs. the unconscious world.

I choose to work on wood for the natural grain of the material, which for me translates to a metaphysical reminder of “Li” energy. “Li” originates from Neo-Confucianism, which believes that reality is organized through an asymmetrical order. “Li” is said to be visually present in the patterns of water, mirrored by the grain in wood and the structure of plants. It is experienced but cannot be clearly defined. I paint with oil paint as the pigments and mediums are more directly connected to the natural world. I find the colours and the textures to be more capable of translating my ideas.

My work explores the unseen experience of an environment, and emerges into existence through a landscape painted on wood. I paint the experience of place, whereby it investigates the relationship between the asymmetrical natural orders versus human-made architectural structures.


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The Numeration of Hope and Memory

Esther Hoflick

Canada

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Size: 60 W x 36 H x 2 in

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