"This is a more Earthy, somber-ish painting. Its name is from a line in a Ferlinghetti poem. It was painted one rainy Autumn. Thes lines are agile meditations, casually referencing 'string theory'. There are so many variations of the earth colors here, A lot of what I am engaged with while painting is the exact rightness of a color.
As a person with an atypical brain, and is common in the autistic & others in what we consider to be in states of heightened sensitivity, there is an ability to see the difference hundreds of colors. I used to get upset if a print wasn't exactly the color I had painted until I realized that, for most people, it's just 'green' or 'brown'. Some people hear many tones and sounds, and some can taste every nuance of food. This painting is about BROWN."
- Eve Hennessa
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MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER
52" x 60"
“When I got into art, it was such a refuge. It's an autonomous vehicle of absolute freedom. I had just been expelled from high school and through four years of depression. I just stayed in my room reading literature, biographies, philosophy and painting pictures. I was searching for answers, meaning, and beauty. The outside world seemed so illogical and cruel. My only solution was to withdraw from it. That's when I began to search and search until I found art. I learned that I can create a world of beauty and wonder. Creating art has no limits, its full of feelings, and meaning."
Hennessa is now a DC-based artist. Previously, Eve went to grad school in Mexico City's UNAM, San Carlos Academy where she created walk-in wood construction sculptures that were a dark closed in environment, abstractly reflecting a starry night’s sky.
For her, painting can be a form of color healing meditation as well as a way to communicate complex ideas. Eve will easily spend a day immersed in colors or the complexities of lines.
Severe chronic PTSD has impacted Eve's childhood development. As a result, the right brain hemisphere of perception and flow dominate so that she is able to always tap into expansive creativity.
Lack of planning and control is embodied in how Eve harnesses the dynamic swirling nature of color and paint. She loves that it’s hard to control, “you have to work with it and follow where it wants to go.”
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