Exhibition I Saw : Loie Hollowell – Going Soft

For EXHIBITION I SAW, D’s Art Takes and Divvya Nirula bring you Top-Hit’s of Gallery and Museum Exhibits we’ve visited. Today we look at Loie Hollowell – Going Soft.

In light of the global shutdowns due to Coronavirus, D’s Art Takes & I, Divvya Nirula, take a look at some fascinating exhibits that are virtually accessible. Loie Hollowell – Going Soft is an online show presented by Pace Gallery. Being a digital show, it can be accessed from anywhere and at any time.

As businesses reorient themselves to fit the current status-quo, we also see a shift in the art world. It’s a very welcome change as art institutions are increasingly taking to digital media to connect with their audience. The joy of visiting exhibitions remotely is unparalleled. As the virtual medium allows us far greater access to art from around the world.

Loie Hollowell – Going Soft

Loie Hollowell is an American contemporary artist based out of New York. Her body of work presented through Pace gallery’s online exhibition are a series of metaphorical self portraits. Each pastel drawing relates to her experience of motherhood. Starting from pregnancy and birth to finally life postpartum.

Hollowell predominantly employs graphite and soft pastels on paper. She uses an abstract vocabulary to document these highly personal experiences. Capturing the seen and unseen changes her body underwent.

In Birth, perspective from above and below (2020), the artist captures both the physical and spiritual aspects of birthing. The circle that dominates the paper is reminiscent of a crowning baby. However the same circle also doubles as a representation of a mandala or spiritual portal. This spiritual portal of course, alludes to the birthing canal as a gateway for generating life.

In another work, Deep Tear and Postpartum Belly Void (2020), Hollowell draws attention to the emotional changes the body undergoes. The use of black in the drawing seems to suggest an empty womb, right after the birth. Apart from documenting the physiological change that occurs, she also captures the emotional void the womb supposedly feels. What was once a comfortable home, now has no one living in it.

Style & Influences

Hollowell’s artistic styles echoes that of Georgia O’Keefee. Much like O’Keefee did, she too uses abstract forms to represent the female body. The soft palette she employs further alludes to O’Keefee’s own representations of the female anatomy.

Through the show, the artist invites the viewer on a deeply intimate journey into her life. Where nothing is too personal to share. The raw emotion and experience captured is palpable. And the works themselves are multifaceted.


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