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Lillian Hoover
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

In recent years, my work has featured visual phenomena and tensions that are routinely overlooked but quietly thrilling. The paintings possess a meditative quality: both refuge from and embrace of the world, and an invitation to the viewer for shared presence. For many in our country, 2017 was a very hard year. Seeking to process the pervasive despair, anxiety, and brokenness I encountered and felt at every turn, I began to cover my paintings with many layers of thin white glazes: in burying them, I could simultaneously deny access to (an act motivated by fury and fear) and preserve them for a safer time (a hopeful action). Simplifying further, I “tore” critical information away. Holding Space ?attempts to process this collective existential crisis. The series ventures into the uncomfortable space of partial destruction, incomplete information, and uncertainty. The paintings ask the viewer to dwell in this space, to wait, to look, to hold space for what is to come.

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