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Eva Isaksen

Foster/White Gallery
Seattle WA – Oct 1-24, 2009

Eva Isaksen, Jazz

Eva Isaksen, Jazz (2009), mixed media collage on canvas [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Oct 1-24]

Eva Isaksen, Rise

Eva Isaksen, Rise (2008), mixed media collage on canvas [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Oct 1-24]

Eva Isaksen, Seeds in Landscape

Eva Isaksen, Seeds in Landscape (2009), mixed media collage on canvas [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Oct 1-24]

Eva Isaksen, Tilt

Eva Isaksen, Tilt (2007), mixed media collage on canvas [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Oct 1-24]

Eva Isaksen combines collage, printmaking and painting to create very personal interpretations of nature. The Seattle artist prints all of her own papers using pressed plants from her garden. The dynamic shifting world of Isaksen's canvases is evident in the resolution and transformation of complicated mulit-layered compositions, which are created with layers of thin patterned papers collaged on canvas.

By using the plants she grows, Isaksen's artwork becomes an extension of her garden. As a reflection of both environment and materials, her stylized version of nature is told through complex arrangements of organic imagery. The creative push and pull inherent in this art-making process further resembles the growth and cyclic changes in nature.

The canvases are filled with a series of interconnected shapes and repetitious linear designs hanging in a soft quiet balance of formal elements and sophisticated colour choices. Poetic forms sit lightly on subtle but dense backdrops evoking a slow sensation of movement. Translucent papers reveal the rhythm of deep underlayers, as the delicate lines of Isaksen's drawing defines a foreground space.

Isaksen's work has been exhibited internationally and is part of public and private collections in Norway, Japan and the United States.

www.willamette.edu/
museum_of_art/

Allyn Cantor


 Fri, Sep 4, 2009