Sunday, December 4, 2011

Eva Lee - Reteach A Thing Its Loveliness


Streaming Festival 6th Edition at The Hague, Netherlands

Just think, 20 years ago when we were all still so analogue Eva Lee’s ode to nature could not have been seen. I don’t think she would have tried to paint this short lyrical sonnet using Old Holland, it really could only have taken form on a digital canvas.
But it is at heart a painting, and a pleasant one to look at.
The opening passage fades in to a shimmering black & white pool of shifting amoeba that could also represent a map of cosmic background radiation. Crackling on the soundtrack lends a primal quality to the scene. The interaction between the macro and the micro pervades this work and instigates a crisp visual dialogue.
Undulating kaleidoscopic orbs inflate and deflate in a very Hippie Trippy hallucinogenic manner. This ironic throwback reference is but one interpretation, the eye-catching yellow green chroma could intuit backlit stained glass or insect patterning.      
Kudos to Ms Lee for a clever digital age reinvention of the painterly craft. Dick Blick should take notice!

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