Sylvie van Helden
Rotation Series at Hillyer Art SpaceRotation: FloatRotation: ExpansionRotation:  FalloutRotation:  SpinoffRotation: SuspensionRotation:  Celestial Suspension (unframed)
Rotation Series
Borrowing from the traditions of abstract painting and collage, this series examines the potentiality of a state of groundlessness. Shapes from scientific diagrams can be found intermixed with spontaneous splashes of paint and flourishes of Asian ornamentation forming a hybrid that references a balance between structure and chaos. The aesthetic of Japanese woodblock prints permeates the work; bright colors, textural nuances, and the juxtaposition of pattern next to pattern are used in compositions that invoke movements like spinning, falling and floating. Instead of being bound by an anchor point, these works suggest the freedom and possibility that can come from movement and seek to echo the cyclical nature of the world.