Chance Encounters : Ilana Manolson


My art is an elegiac response to natural phenomena: water, earth, and plant life. I move between the edge of representation and abstraction, capturing the essence of landscape in a mark. The paintings refer to both the seen and imagined; the marks and pools of paint transform the landscape into metaphors for tenacious life in which some species thrive and others disappear.

Swaths of pure fluid color appear wave-like, close up, and then fall into perspective at a distance, confounding and surprising the viewer.
I paint and edit simultaneously. I capture the growing and the dying with the fluidity of the medium. This work celebrates the natural world and its ineffable mysteries, as we are aware of the possibility of potential disaster. Even in the coming apart, there is great beauty.

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