"This painting is cacti in a desert sunset. That's not what I set out to create, but that's what I see. Cactus and desert plants friends. You probably see something else, that's great too. Perception is an individual. That's why abstract painting has endured for a century now. We prefer to have our own insights & imaginations."
- Eve Hennessa
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MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER
33" x 46"
“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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