Silvia Hollweg creates abstract paintings inspired by emotions, the nature and the world around her.
Her work is often described as dreamlike or ethereal: it evokes emotions so that the viewer that can transport him/herself into another universe… to for example the underwater word or to get though her painting a spacial perspective of the world. Her inspiration comes in many forms: from the beautiful landscape from her native country Venezuela or from the many places around the world where she lived and traveled. Or simply from a memory or feeling that comes to her mind… In her work, she recognizes profound connections to nature and aereal space images, and she combines organic shapes, lines and textures with the color palette of nature, which invites reflection.
Silvia is a German artist born in Caracas (Venezuela) and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and has participated at different art exhibitions all over the globe.
My work is a visual representaion of my connection to the underwater world in Venezuela where I was born, the spacial perspective of the earth, the mountains and rivers in the Italian, German and Austrian Alps, or the universe itself.
Fascinated by the unpredictable nature of art medium such as acrylic, watercolor, gouache and pigments, I like to loose myself and do not always have control over the final result of my paintings.
I work intuitively and spontaneously on different paintings creations at the same time. I try to reveal my own interpretation of life. I combine the different paintings techniques with an uncontrolled and at the same time same intentional markings to describe every form in my work. Many of them often appear watery, flowery or plant-like.
The canvases are composed of organic forms derived from the forms that occur in nature. But in the end the images are a visual record of an unplanned dialogue between the canvas and myself. The paint marks on the canvases create a visual language that is unique to each viewer. I position these shapes against a white background that at first glance seem like a negative space, but it is actually a built-up surface that reveals the history of the layers of color on closer inspection. It is neither the form nor the background that I explore in my work, but the relationship between the two.
The space is pressed and pulled by the tension of positive and negative. I can say that in my work I see a certain relationship between the physical and the psychological space, but my approach is more convenient, more intuitive and more personal than cerebral. The result of this visual examination – the painting – reflects this process.
I am most interested in extracting unique experiences – snapshots – from the endless cycles of growth and nature, and transforming the universal worlds of nature and human dynamics into places of private knowledge.