Loie Hollowell was born in 1983 in Woodland, California, and lives and works in New York, New York. She received a BFA from University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Existing between abstraction and representation, Hollowell’s vibrant and evocative paintings refer to human bodies as sites of sensuality and sexuality, desire and disgust, pleasure and pain.
Hollowell’s work depicts geometric and symmetrical forms inspired by her experiences as a woman and a mother. These forms are shaped by strong colors and dramatic chiaroscuro and suggest human genitalia, sacred geometry, and primordial origins. Hollowell further explores physicality by adding sinuous elements, sculpted from high-density foam, directly onto the surfaces of her canvases. Seamlessly protruding from the canvases, these shapes transform the paintings into three-dimensional, wall-hung works, allowing the artist to play with both real and illusory light, shadow, and space. Hollowell cites her upbringing in California by two artist parents and the art of the Light and Space movement as important influences on her practice. Of her work, the artist says, “There’s always that hunting, that searching, for a light-filled experience, even if it’s a dark subject matter, or an indescribable subject matter… Abstraction can hold within it that emotion.”