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FERTILE GROUND

An Exhibition by Laurel Holloman

4 - 16 July

Continuing Laurel Holloman's favorite theme of nature, that illuminated her 2016 solo show in Museum Jan Van der Togt, Amsterdam, she explores the world of flora, from the tight abstracted micro images of flowers, to posed portraits of the different stages of blooming.

 

In Holloman's own words, 'I have always been fascinated with flowers and the evolution that nature creates as they start to bloom, then open, and eventually deteriorate. The shapes, the turns, and the elegance of the petals, all interest me. Flowers have valleys and crevices close up, just like a landscape. 

 

All the paintings are oil on canvas with bold and rich colours. Exploring the qualities of a series of white roses in three stages, was my starting point. It is a large mural utilising all the various ways in which to paint white. Every petal has a different tint, from lavender white to baby blue white to rich yellows. The roses are juxtaposed with close up paintings of white orchids. Orchids are truly the most sexual and provocative flower. They are masculine and feminine at the same time. When zoomed in upon and abstracted, there is ying/yang balance in the painting. I have contrasted the traditional portrait of the flowers with bright abstract murals based on blurred images. A dream like quality of a blurred garden results.

 

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