MINIMALISM

I find our world overwhelming. I drown in its tsunami of visual and audio stimuli. Often, I can’t hear my own voice. I am drawn to Minimalism because of its silence, its calm and simplicity. It has a non-judgmental quality to it. Its strength lies in the removal of the non-essential, leading to the pure essence of a place, a person, an object, or a moment. It brings me peace of mind and clarity. In this collection, I push minimalism almost to abstraction, highlighting the composition, emphasizing sparseness, hoping for an emotional response from the viewer. The use of negative space is a key element in my compositions.

“Space is substance. Cézanne painted and modeled space. Giacometti sculpted by "taking the fat off space".

Mallarmé conceived poems with absences as well as words.

Ralph Richardson asserted that acting lay in pauses...

Isaac Stern described music as "that little bit between each note - silences which give the form"...

The Japanese have a word (ma) for this interval which gives shape to the whole.”

- The Art of Looking Sideways(Alan Fletcher, 2001)

© Nathalie Strand, 2017-2020