Artist Bindia Hallauer offers a selection of abstract expressionist paintings inspired by life events. See more of her portfolio on her website.
I am a self-taught artist who paints in abstract expressionist style. Whenever an inner compulsion exists, I choose to honor the internal imperative.
I do not sketch prior to painting. With a concept in mind, I go on to developing the basic raw materials for the artwork–a step that I find deeply reflective and soothing.
Unlike many other artists, I seldom paint on an easel or stand. With the canvas or wood panel laid out flat on my table, I walk around it, working from different sides. My gestural strokes are intuitive, but the color choices and composition are very intentional.
I am unafraid of erasure and chance as I am quite aware that the paint and colors themselves can carry their own story. My implements vary from brushes, wedges and palette knifes to experimental techniques with varying acrylic densities.
The body of my work is a catalog of the events and thoughts of my life, akin to a journal. Travels, going to places, reading; all these ignite my imagination.
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The ensuing perspectives and insights have opened the world to me in all its gamut. I have travelled extensively and lived in different continents; however, my home-studio nook is my preferred sanctuary for making art.
The transition from a high-tech career to an art and design one was a catalyst for developing a series of artworks. Other transitions have stimulated my art making. For example, after moving from the northwest region in the United States (where I lived near Seattle for a long time) to southern Nevada, I made another array of abstract paintings.
Last year, the loss of a dear family member was hard on me. The paintings “Figments,” “Mirage” and “Language is Leaving” emerged taking note of their battle with life, whereas my own struggle was captured in the paintings “Dilemma” and “Mirrors at Odd Angles.”
In due course, “Holika” and “Riot” helped me cope with mortality and loss. There is no doubt that the healing value of art for me is in the doing—creativity as an act of both survival and revival. This is exactly why hope and re-affirmation for life can be seen in the “Belly of Beast,” “Fireflies” and “Limoncello.”
Art has allowed me to follow my instincts with enthusiasm rather than restraint. Through art, I articulate and communicate my sense of the world, my understanding of the human condition and resilience. If the viewer gets transported into the world created with my language, then the mutual connection is itself rewarding.
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