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於紐約土生土長的藝術家Joan Vennum以色彩鮮明的畫作,探索空間的存在。作品同時揉合了抽象與具體的風格。她是以富夢幻感而充滿修長與密集筆觸的畫作而著名的,創作選用了不同系列的色彩,描繪出無限的空間感,表達出幻想與自然世界交融著的效果。

Vennum曾於密蘇里州聖路易斯華盛頓大學學習繪畫,其後於伊利諾大學香檳分校取得美術碩士學位。創作的主要靈感來自Mondrian、de Kooning,特別是荷蘭大師們對空間的運用及微小細節的留意。Vennum的藝術觀感從她的早期發展中兩大事件受到最重要的影響。兒時,Vennum已被紐約天文館的太空模擬及神秘浩瀚的宇宙所迷住。成長後,一次西西里島之行令她了解天氣對環境的影響、地平線上不同元素的結合,及海洋奇觀。於是,Vennum的作品選擇以簡單的方式,著重表面細節,以表現出各元素的活力及太空的浩瀚。如Vennum所說:「以最簡單的視覺形式來表達較大,複雜的概念是我的目標。」

Vennum運用密集點畫、划痕及標記的方式,將朱紅色、藍色或乳白色塗上矩形或圓形畫布,洽似跟隨脈博的跳動。表層的顏色像暴雨一樣以傾斜的角度混合,淺色的筆觸逐漸融入深色,暗示出宇宙的深度。畫面上的線條與顏色創作出三維的空間,而此創作過程亦構成充滿光線,優雅華麗的朦朧空間。

正如詩人及藝術史學家Corrine Robins所說,Vennum的作品「注重宇宙中各元素及呼吸上的平衡、短暫的停頓,及色彩與光線的自然性質。」雖然作為一位抽象藝術家,她是受到後抽象表現派女畫家如Lee Krasner及Joan Mitchell等所影響的,她對表面細節的注重促使了一系列充滿活力而獨特的創作。Vennum曾表示:「我的創作建立於抽象表現主義,是自我發現的過程,而且透過冥想開始。東方哲學清楚指出一切原始的概念只能從清晰的狀態發展…只要有耐心,總有發現自己方向的時刻。」

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