EVA WILLER-ANDERSEN: Butterfly Effect

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EVA WILLER-ANDERSEN

Passage 2022

Butterfly Effect

22 April – 15 May 2022 Felix & Spear, 71 St Mary’s Road, London W5 5RG felixandspear.com


Eva Willer-Andersen: Butterfly Effect A painting may take weeks, months or even years, but in the end it has to appear as something that happened all at once. I believe that each painting is its own journey, it emerges

out

of

process

and

consciousness.

Inspiration may come from sources as disparate as: a newspaper photo, passages of music, seasonal phenomena, a memory, conversations, a sunrise skyscape,

studio

paraphernalia

or

another

painting, it all depends on the ‘plat du jour’. Along with this go formal concerns about colour spaces, light, translucency, the push and pull of the picture plane, mark making and scale. I seek to capture a spark in all this, often a chance encounter in the debris. I have been painting off and on for 50 years, a background in sculpture has given me an interest in the nature of materials. In 2002, quite unexpectedly,

I

became

disabled

with

Eva Willer-Andersen ‘Butterfly Effect’ 2022

a

degenerative neuromuscular condition, I had to change my life, leave a big warehouse studio, and stop large scale work. I now work on a smaller scale at home, my studio overlooks a long cultivated garden. The painting has become more intimate, like handwriting, with the nuances embedded in a handwritten letter. I don’t quantify my approach to painting too much, it remains open, and I follow its changes: it is a journal, a daily meditation, a place to create harmony between opposing forces. The Chinese say: when you draw a tree you must feel yourself growing with it.

Eva Willer-Andersen, 2022


Eva Willer-Andersen Tangeriney 2022

Eva Willer-Andersen For A.C. 2022


Eva Willer-Andersen Eva Willer-Andersen (previously Eva Lockey) was born in 1952 in Copenhagen and came to live in the UK at the age of 12. She completed her BA at North East London Polytechnic in 1977, followed by a postgraduate degree in sculpture from St Martins School of Art in 1978. In 1979 she completed a postgraduate ATTC degree at Goldsmiths College. From 1980-85 WillerAndersen was based at the old LEB Depot studios in Greenwich making sculpture. These were large carved and assembled wood pieces and she also painted clay sculptures. During this time she took part in a residency making sculptures as part of the artists in schools placement by the Whitechapel Art Gallery and later went on to teach in several colleges including Oxford Polytechnic, NELP, Ravensbourne College of Art, and Goldsmiths. After the birth of her daughter in 1985, Willer-Andersen stopped making sculpture and focused fully on painting. In 1987 she spent time in the US at the Triangle workshop, established by Anthony Caro, bringing international artists together to work in a number of barn buildings in Mashomack, New York, with visiting guest critic: Clement Greenberg. In 1991 she took part in The Emma Lake workshop for professional artists in Saskatchewan, Canada, where Ken Noland was resident guest painter. Willer-Andersen has participated in exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery, Sandra Higgins Gallery, Contemporary Art Society, AIR Gallery and the Mall Galleries. She has works in public and private collections.

Letter 2022

The Wish 2021

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