“For me, painting is a vehicle to communicate with color, while collage is a vehicle to communicate ideas.”
Resilience is Australian born-Doha based artist Pip Hoy’s own personal pilgrimage along an artistic path that started four years ago, culminating in this, her first solo show. Opening night is this Wednesday, October 15 from 6-8pm at the Grand Hyatt Doha, by invitation only, but her work will be on display until January 2015.
Encompassing her earlier painting work with dots, dashes and grids, such as the spectacular Into the Light above, Resilience also introduces new work that meditates on the overlapping of circles. Pieces such as Corrugated II demonstrate her masterly layering of texture and pattern.
Inspired by the nazar, the eye shaped amulet which protects against the evil eye, these works had been percolating for some time, but it took her intuitive eye for color and her hand mixed palettes to get them right.
Working with acrylics on canvas, Pip meticulously plans her colors before starting each painting as the relationship between the pigments is so much of the storyline. I can’t resist showing you a sneak peek of one the newest nazar pieces in the exhibit, Paint a Rumour.
Pip’s crescent moon collages are a play on the nature of communication through abstract observation of daily life in the Middle East. Using pages in Arabic from regional publications, Pip creates collages around a theme, even though she is actually unable to read the words and stories she is working from. The irony of context is such that words themselves can be beautiful and painless when not understood, just as they also have the power to wound when they are.
Many of her paintings are extremely large scale, making for powerful decorative statements. Readers may have already seen glimpses of her 2012 work Sway which holds sway over our dining and living room here in Doha.
Pip’s use of recognizable Islamic motifs, in this case the crescent moon and the nazar, mixed with modern color palettes and mixed media materials lends a contemporary twist on ancient symbols as seen through western eyes. Resilience is a celebration of achievement and renewal with powerful emblems of physical and spiritual healing.
All artwork images copyrighted by Pip Hoy. Please do not re-post without writing to me for permission. Thank you. Pile of nazars photo via Kay McGowan here. All other photos my own.