Artist: Nicole Tijoux
Title: Submerged Stillness
Size: 82h x 129w x 4d cm (32.28h x 50.79w x 1.6d in)
Media: Oil on Canvas
Frame: This work is offered framed.
"For CONTEXT Art Miami I have created a series of six paintings where I attempt to explore two visual discourses, the fluidity of movement and the parallel distortion, almost deformation, of the swimmer's features to the point of almost merging with the water and the frozen stillness where the water becomes transparent and crystal clear.
The first discourse of the fluidity of movement in the water is explored particularly in two paintings, "In the Waterfall" and "Self-Portrait". In these paintings I wanted to give more space to the underworld of color that appears when approaching each corner of the body and how these colors blend with the reflections from the exterior of the pool, the interior color of the pool and sunlight, forming many long, extended, misshapen, blurry and elastic spots.
Shapes that try to talk about how this human figure merges with the water, assembling abstract compositions, which only from afar are separated into swimmer and pool.
The second discourse of the distortion of the swimmer's features is explored in "Golden Hair", "Leaf Floating in the Dawn" and "Training Day". These three paintings seek to reproduce accurately details of the precise moment in which this photograph was taken and how certain details drew my eye in such a way that they evoke the sensation of that moment.
In "Submerged Stillness" I tried to relate the two moments mentioned above, such as the stillness of the water in certain areas that allows us to see each of the swimmer's fingers and at the same time we see parts of the body distorted in an abstract fashion so that they appear to dissolve until they merge with the pool. The spatial composition of this painting was what captivated me the most, the vertical force of the swimmer when she wanted to go down and submerge, the diagonal lines of the pool and the air with bubbles rising towards the sky." Nicole Tijoux, 2021
'Submerged Stillness' is a new artwork by Nicole Tijoux, an award-winning artist from Chile, whose work focusses on the visual transformations that occur when the human figure interacts with water. Water and background act as a veil for the human body and the vast expanses of space that encapsulate the form are explored in her beautifully composed and rendered paintings. Her work attempts to address the concept of changing states and the immediacy of this visual change, captivating a moment and translating it onto the canvas.
The expansive spaces within her paintings are there to communicate the smallness and insignificance of the human form in relation to the vastness of the ocean and all that it encapsulates. Nicole's works address ideas of space, silence and solitude, where our visual form blends with the water.
Note: This work is offered framed mounted on a stretcher, but for international shipping, as it is painted in oil on canvas, the painting can be removed from the frame and stretcher and sent rolled in a tube. This could result in lower shipping fees. Please contact us if this is of interest