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Whispering in the Absence of Water 12

Painting
$ 2,500

Oil and acrylic on cotton canvas

Each of Styrkestad Haukaas's series of expressive paintings is a visualization of her subjective experience of the natural world — often painting the same space multiple times as she remembers it through different, changing moments. For “Whispering in the Absence of Water,” Styrkestad Haukaas shares abstract paintings inspired by the calmness of water, encouraging the viewer to contemplate its existence between stillness and movement. In her own words:

Nothing moves
Yet there is movement everywhere
I go down to the water to relocate my body

Floating stones, the moon carrying the sun and two rivers in a line
Drawing sharp crevasses in the
sand, upholding their very own existence,
One is dry
revealing soft stones,
patiently shaped on the riverbed,
Whispering in the absence of water.

A gentle push, and it all disappears,
Into the land where everything exists but cannot be seen.

I turn my head back to where I came from, where I am going.
Retracing, mapping, making invisible wholes of presumed contradictions

Size: 39.5 x 30 inches
This original artwork has sold
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“My subject matter is nature influenced by subjective memories. I love thinking about how humans make deep, personal relations with nature - places, mountains, lakes, on earth and in space.”
-Astri Styrkestad Haukaas
Astri Styrkestad Haukaas

About the Artist

Astri Styrkestad Haukaas

Abstract painter and founder of Danish artspace KVIT, Astri Styrkestad Haukaas's expressive paintings draw their colors and tones from nature. For each series, Haukaas paints her subjective experience of the natural world -- often painting the same space multiple times as she remembers it through different, changing moments. Haukaas' work has been featured in Artforum.


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