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Lillian Hoover
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

My work grows ever simpler, quieter, more still, a bit uneasy, always invested in changing light conditions. Temporary and awkwardly arresting formal relationships created by ordinary, imperfect materials delight me; a longstanding engagement with issues of abstraction continues in this work.
This series derives from encounters with my neighborhood during meditation walks and functions as a record of the forms I find. My world is composed of permeable borders between commercial and residential lots: side-by-side, these structures don't belong wholly to one world or the other.
None of these places is special. I’m interested that something becomes special through sustained attention. Quietude accompanies these empty places and "wrong" bits; this quietude is comfortable with awkwardness, appreciative and mindful of fleeting moments. These paintings aren’t hopeful, waiting or longing. While these spaces do wear their history, they don’t ruminate over what was but murmur this is what is.

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