“My ideas come from the things I see and keep with me”.
These are the beautiful paintings of Brazilian artist Talita Hoffmann. Inspired by the world around her, she says “my ideas come from the things I see and keep with me”. Her epic stories of mythical civilizations, reminiscent Hieronymus Bosch’s depictions of the afterlife, seem of a time yet to be or from some distant past. Here animals and humans coexist, sharing and building a world for both to inhabit and flourish.
However, underlying the generally jovial scenes of community and harmony are subtle conflicts, power struggles and discord. Organized religion and technological progress intermingle with mysticism and simple communities. Primitive landscapes are punctuated by hydro towers and power lines, while god-like giants (in both human and animal form), alternately shelter and sow havoc amongst the tiny inhabitants of these worlds.
Talita’s work has recently been featured in a group exhibition at Lava Collective in London, which premiered on April 28th. The show runs till June 7th so you have a couple of more days left to see it. If you’re in the neighbourhood you should check it out. You don’t want to miss it!
Photo: Helen Lenarduzzi & Gordon Gibbens
Images © 2010 Talita Hoffmann
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