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Known for paintings and drawings that explore the bodily landscape, Loie Hollowell’s practice exists in the liminal space between abstraction and figuration, otherworldly and corporeal.
Originating in autobiography, her work explores themes of sexuality, pregnancy and birth. Hollowell’s geometric compositions use symbolic shapes such as the mandorla, ogee, and lingam to build her distinctive visual lexicon. In referencing her own personal experiences, Hollowell’s paintings are at once personal and universal in their fierce vulnerability. Her use of symmetry – often anchoring her compositions in a central, singular axis – relates her paintings to her own body as well as the natural world.
Loie received a BFA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. She currently lives and works in New York City.
Artwork image information: Loie Hollowell, Book of Birth #1, 2021 oil, acrylic medium, aqua resin, epoxy resin, on linen over panel 24 x 28 x 5 inches