Interview with I LIKE YOUR WORK Podcast
Talking with Erika B. Hess
Airing in November
I'm in a book ! - Eraser, Volume 1
published by Brian Edmonds at Curating Contemporary
with artists: Susan Carr, Ellen Siebers, Sabine Tress, Mandy Lyn Ford, & Valerie Brennan
and wIth interviews by Catherine Haggarty, Christina Renfer Vogel, Dana-Marie Lemmer, Brianna Bass, Amelia Briggs, & Jodi Hays; poem by Alexis Christakes.
Kenise Barnes Fine Art
Meyer Vogl Gallery
Curated by Kirstin Lamb
With: Polly Shindler, Melanie Parke, Claire Cushman, Vena Gu, Jordan Buschur, Erika B. Hess, Laura Williams
August 23- November 30, 2019
Light, or the illusion of it, is the main character in my work. It can be very magical to watch refractions move on a table holding just a few objects. I compose a still life with the obvious identifiers - a bouquet, a bowl of fruit - but what I want to give my viewer is that feeling of chasing light in a calm state of mind. I’m curious how light effects can make a chimera of things - a mutation - as if lifting the weight of what something is into something less knowable.
Cezanne’s idea of passing through objects is something I think about a lot. Even when the entire plane of one of my paintings is engaged in pattern, I’m going for the feeling of never-ending transparencies, passing through walls and hard surfaces, to keep the eye going, passing to the other side of a thing and keep looking.
Interiors and garden motifs are filtered and reconstructed through an ideology of memory, from halcyon days spent in island cottages and Roman villas. Flowers, which represent friendships and the women in my life, center most of my work. The presence of birds suggests sentiments of curiosity and wonder, sometimes allegory, sometimes euphoria. I seek visual lushness by alternating tonal moods with vivid ornamentation building on sensations of comfort, longing and desire.
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