Piece description from the artist
The inspiration for my paintings comes from observing details in nature; I let them inspire me to create a vocabulary of shapes and gestures that allow me a visual voice to explore my own reality.
Hava Gurevich was born in Russia and spent part of her childhood in Israel before moving with her family to Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her B.F.A. in photography from the University of Michigan in 1990 and her M.F.A. in painting from the Illinois State University in 1998.
Professionally she has worked in the arts for more than twenty years as a photographer, educator, art dealer, web designer, and art curator.
Artist StatementNature serves as inspiration for my art and my colorful abstractions feature botanical, aquatic and microscopic motifs. I am fascinated by the elegant intricacy and efficiency of patterns that repeat on both small and large scales across a variety of lifeforms, from single cell amoebas to entire ecosystems. These patterns include spheres, tubes, and networks that are perfectly adapted to connect, transmit, reproduce, and allow life to thrive. I look for these repeating patterns and abstract them into series of lines, shapes, and colors, which form the foundation of my own visual language. Blending images from the real world and imagination, my work celebrates nature in all its beauty, chaos and complexity.
My art attempts to capture life itself, which is in constant state of evolution and atrophy. In my paintings, I create chaos and then I look for life and order. Every painting has its own mythology of creation. Life taking hold while some things die and many things evolve. My biggest challenge is to bring the painting to a stage where life is the dominant theme, but the painting is still in a state of growth and decay— not quite in balance, but rather in a dynamic state, but tipped towards life. When you look at the painting, you can imagine that some things will continue to grow, and you can also see that from the areas of decay new life may emerge.