Black Holes: Unusual Modern Artworks by Ayin Es

Mixed media paintings, drawings, and watercolors.

"Es's paintings are both whimsical and dark. [They have] a knack for mixing light humor with its ominous underside. The work is bold in its approach, combining complex compositional choices with freeform images and marks. The collages combine painterly surfaces with embroidery and applied textures, successfully adding to the layers of the narratives.

"[Their] work often draws upon her family background in the garment industry, and at times [their] work is based on autobiographical narratives. We can relate to [their] dialogue as [they] focus on our shortcomings and our innocent wanderings in the structured world into which we are born. [Their] many projects push the unique reasoning into a magical world of their own--a world that is parallel to the one we inhabit."

- Kim Abeles, Artist

Artist's Statement: <-click here!

I've always had an obsession with black holes in space. This is true. Honestly, I like the dichotomy of their meaning both in astrophysics and psychology. In my art, I like to play with this double meaning and how it relates to life in general, whether it be about my own personal battles with depression, or whether it be a collective one. I feel like people can relate to this, as everyone has felt alone in a black hole to some degree or another. I do think this is a universal theme where maybe we can see that we are all in it together.