"This painting has a snake-like quality, so I named it "White Snake Woman" in the Ojibwe language. It's actually a spirit name that was given to me by an Ojibwe medicine man up in Canada. Snakes traditionally represent healing, transformation & wisdom. The white animals are the spirit animals.
This painting was a lot of white, White is a blank space where so many possibilities can happen."
- Eve Hennessa
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MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER
30 x 40"
“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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