Nature: A Visual Dialogue
::: Paintings by ::
Cheryl H. Hahn and Donal Murphy
September 6 – November 2, 2018
::"8 o'clock moment"::
Cheryl H. Hahn
Presented here are organic, biomorphic shapes enfolded within dynamic, colorful compositions that allude to landscape, botanical growth, and abundance. The mixed media-on-wood paintings depict forms that appear to be tumbling, rolling, swirling, and clustering together, while at the same time releasing an animating energy. I have selected paintings from several bodies of work over the past few years, thus stylistic variations emerge.
My goal is not to imitate nature, but to connect with it in a more spiritual way; thus capturing the alchemy of light, color, form and pattern of intangible life forces that transcend what we see as the “real” world. The end result is a series of paintings that illustrate a complex “organic surrealism” that I hope viewers will find mystifying, engaging, and celebratory.
In recent paintings, which are acrylic paint on photographs, I am departing from a sci-fi narrative in which matter is summoned by environmental forces. The idea of a twister is a good starting point. Moisture in the air compelled by wind, creating an unexpected moving object. We can call that weather. People interpret the weather, people can read it. This series imagines literal communication from our environment........an alphabet.
Aside from the narrative, the objects in these paintings could be seen as sculptures, they are just painted instead of built. In terms of painting, the painted objects are a response to the photograph of the environment, their creation can be dealt with in terms of the dynamics of mark making on a canvas.