Floating World: Mylar Drawings

Floating World: Mylar Drawings
2011

In Hilary Tolan’s exhibit, “Floating World” the viewer enters a realm of manipulated landscapes. Altered photographs of dense lush forests are countered by ethereal drawings of trees and landscapes. The drawings, which utilize graphite, gouache, and walnut ink, are distilled from photographs of woods the artist often visits. They are pared down and edited to the essentials of trunk, limb, branch, leaf, stone, lichen and roots. Exposed roots are ungrounded in the uninhabited space of the picture plane. There is no figurative ground for them to hold on to. Drawings are delicate and show minute detail that asks the viewer to step close, to look carefully, and to slowly enter this quiet earth place.

Tolan invites the viewer to contemplate the power of trees and stones, the quality of silence, and the natural order of decay and regeneration.  The landscape is interrupted and tampered with, and we are led to believe in this drawn reality, this other possible land.