Nadja Holland is a painter, member of the Taylor Foundation.
Her pictorial research revolves around the soul, between presence and absence. She superimposes, erases, scratches layers of paint, meeting the different scales of time, like segments, which speak of the past and the present at the same time.
"In my artistic work, I search for the soul in the successive dimensions of time. It is there, I see it and I feel that I can release it to make it appear, the space of a fleeting and fragile moment.
Like a sculptor, who sees the soul of beings, asleep in wood, marble or earth, I contemplate it behind layers of paint.
Today I know how to decipher, transcribe and tame the material. The first drafts exist to establish a dialogue with the unknown, the invisible, which manifests itself with sensitivity and patience; sometimes with violence, sometimes with gentleness.
In my painting, it is nature that creates the scene for the encounter with the soul. The embodied and sensual bodies are bathed in a halo of colors, a shimmering that is the indispensable element to reveal the essence in its pure state.
Each brushstroke corresponds to an ascending temporal line, each of these lines reveals a sign with its own truth and each of these signs allows one to climb degree by degree an inner ladder that leads to the revelation of the essence." Nadja Holland