BIOGRAPHY

Silvia Hollweg creates abstract organic paintings inspired by emotion and the world around her.

Her work is often described as dreamlike or ethereal; it evokes a sense of emotion in the viewer, with the potential to transport them to a different, more colourful reality. Her inspiration comes from place: the beautiful landscape of her birth country Venezuela, her travels and experience of finding home in many places around the globe; sometimes it is simply a memory or feeling…

Reminiscent of her deep connection to the natural world, her work captures organic forms, lines and textures combined with nature’s palette of colours, inviting individual contemplation. Characterised by vivid washes of colour and natural shapes stitched together, each piece represents an interconnected dialogue with the landscape, objects and people around her.

Silvia is a German-based artist born in Caracas, Venezuela, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

 

STATEMENT

My work is a visual narrative of my connection to the underwater world in Venezuela, the mountains of the German and Austrian Alps, the earth and universe, and the dynamic evolution that is the natural world. Intrigued by the unpredictable nature of acrylic, watercolor, ink and gouache, I love to lose myself in the process and am not always in control of the outcome. I work spontaneously to explore a variety of compositions. I strive to reveal my own interpretation of nature´s life.

I combine the random actions of painting with uncontrolled, deliberate marks to describe each form in my work. Many of which often appear floral or plant-like in structure. The canvases are composed of organic forms that derive from those found in nature, but ultimately the paintings are a visual record of an unplanned dialogue between myself and the canvas. Together the marks and forms create a visual language that reads as something unique to each viewer. I position these forms against a pale or dark background that at first glance appears to be an expanse of negative space, but is actually a built-up surface that, upon closer inspection, reveals the history of the layers of paint. It is neither the form nor the background that I explore in my work, but the relationship between the two. The space is pushed and pulled through the tension of positive and negative. The dynamic of the compositions rotate or undulate within the framework of the canvas.

I could say that I intimate a certain relationship between the physical and psychological space in my work, but my approach is more comfortable, intuitive and personal, than cerebral. The result of this visual investigation – the painting – reflects that process. I am most interested in extracting singular experiences – snapshots – from life’s endless cycles of growth and decay, and in transforming the universal worlds of nature and human dynamics into sites of private knowledge.

 

“My paintings portray my interpretation of the world: the ephemeral beauty of nature.”

-Silvia Hollweg