Size: 60"W x 30"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2017
Aedes, After Dark calls to mind a passage through seasons, much like the four-paneled paintings found in Japanese Buddhist and Shinto art. As described by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "In this way, artists in Japan created meditations on the fleeting seasons of life and, through them, expressed essential truths about the nature of human experience." Both organic and modern, the imagery here is suggestive rather than overt, colorful but not overwhelming, aiming for a perfect, delicate balance.
The paintings of Kimmy Quillin translate the transparent, bewildering way humans construct and cling to the idea of a static or core personality into colors and form. The resulting swirls churn beneath orderly geometric networks, mirroring our interior narratives versus exterior personas.
Through these depictions, Ms. Quillin aspires to inspire viewers to see the potential for light and lightness that becomes possible when tendencies toward self-censorship are cast off and fun, freedom and self-actualization are liberated.
Kimmy Quillin (b. 1983, Wisconsin) has been wearing glasses since the fourth grade. In 2006 she moved to New York, a busy city often more easily taken in without the crystalizing focus of corrective lenses. In 2008, she ran out of contacts and went for a year without seeing the world with 20/20 clarity. Her paintings echo this color field version of reality which she frequently still exists in by leaving her glasses or contacts at home.