IVA – Ivana Švabić Cannon: Rhythm & Line
Iva’s prints are disarming in their visual simplicity, and yet, they contain a complexity arrived at through a decade of searching for essence. Ivana has been refining her approach by working more closely with ideas associated with light and with the tonality of colour and the rhythm of the lines and the surfaces. At once ascetic and opulent, these works in linocut clearly reflect their medium.
Iva uses the process to explore the abstract idea of the dynamic interplay of light to create a profound psychological impact. The pattern, the artist’s trademark, is still present in the new work. The rhythm acts as a strong device harmonising other visual components and conditioning their presence; without it, the emotion cannot be conveyed, but under its helm even the simplest scene becomes an experience.
With these new linocuts Ivana is closing the circle of a productive thought, that in its maturing loses pomposity and glamour, but attains refined ascetism and wise modesty.
Like the three phrases of Japanese haiku—in three passes of the plate is achieved the long sought for meaning.
Exhibiting in the Doric Room gallery, Mon 12 Nov – Sun 23 Dec 2012