Hilda Oomen is a painter with a passion for flowers, gardens and light.
«Strong, simple and beautiful images are what I am most interested in painting in my small work.»
«The large gardens, flower beds and the acres of field & bush of the place where I grew up [?, Ontario, Canada] has left an indelible image on my mind. Gardening and painting go hand in hand for me and it continues to be my main source of subject matter.»
«Borrowed landscape: a practice in Asian garden design which utilizes and incorporates a distant landscape into one’s own garden.»
«Some of the interests that motivate me to paint are also found in the art of garden making. I have spent years working in gardens as a means of support and, at times, as a substitute for painting. The borrowed landscape concept is particularly relevant to the work I am producing. The imagery and experience of the time I have spent in gardens unexpectedly found its way into the paintings. I realized I was pairing fragments of intimate details of gardens with several different views and often a distant, smaller fragment of landscape. The mosaic-like building of these compositions developed naturally from this idea and from an enduring interest in collage. I see the borrowed landscape concept as a beautiful metaphor for the self and the personalizing of the world at large into one’s own private world.»
Adachi garden, Yasugi (AsianInsights)
Warm spring sun
New green shoots
– No thoughts.
Loving is eternal innocence
And the only innocence is not thinking...
Alberto Caeiro / Fernando Pessoa