Zoe Nelson

Region: Midwest

Website: http://www.zoenelson.com

City / State: Chicago, IL

I make abstract paintings that are rooted in embodied experience and psychological states. The color is a vehicle for moving between emotive states, and is often vibrant, juicy, and intuitive. Illusionistic holes reveal lower layers of shallow space and sometimes depict contemporary technological processes such as cropping, layering, and arranging. At other times, a hole becomes an eye, or begins to reference bodily or mystical forms of openness and blockage. What is interior and exterior often shifts within a single painting. Together, the paintings reference a way of looking that is as much about the experience of scrolling through Instagram as it is about the sensory experience of being in a body.