Pink Spring, abstract biomorphic watercolor landscape

Biomorphic Landscapes

“The painter’s business thus is not just to copy or imitate, but to give to the object something living in its own right.” -D.T. Suzuki, Zen and Japanese Culture
Painting watercolors entails a collaboration between the artist and a living medium that cannot be completely controlled, or erased. Water moves, colors mix, and forms take shape unexpectedly, sparking mystery and curiosity. As in zen practice, the act delicately clings to the right state of mind that can allow for this collaboration to happen: one requiring psychological introspection.
Though seemingly abstract, these biomorphic landscapes - animal, insect, bacteria, human, forest, field, flower, plant - are influenced by an attraction to the natural world, and as such, appear very familiar. The hues - bright, intense, descriptive - come from daily observations which have been processed and reassembled. This is meditative painting.

Watercolor Painting

Self-directed explorations, since 1995

EXHIBITS

  • + “Landscapes & Personalities: What Do You See?” (Solo), Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Library, CA, 10/2009
  • + “Postcards from the Edge” AIDS Benefit, ZieherSmith Gallery, NYC, NY, 1/2010

 

  • + Salonul International Artis 2010, Bucharest, Romania, 10/2010
  • + “Right Side / Left Side” (Solo), Blankspaces, LA, CA, 10/2010-6/2011
  • + “Postcards from the Edge” AIDS Benefit, CRG Gallery, NYC, NY, 1/2011
  • + “Ligne et Couleur”, Paris, France, 4/2012

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PUBLIC ART

Santa Clarita Art Stop Project, Soledad & Sierra Bus Transit Station, Santa Clarita, CA, 10/2010
“The painter’s business thus is not just to copy or imitate, but to give to the object something living in its own right.” -D.T. Suzuki, Zen and Japanese Culture
L: untitled (looks like the face of a man vomiting), R: Circus, abstract biomorphic watercolor landscape
interactive watercolor exhibit at Frances Goldwyn Hollywood Library
Hollywood Library Interactive Exhibit (visitors named paintings)
Heart in Transition, abstract biomorphic watercolor + oil landscape painting
Oil over Watercolor (trying to transition to a new medium)
Ioana started painting watercolors in college after discovering the medium in an architectural sketching class in Denmark. She was initially drawn to it because it was very affordable (a little pigment can cover a lot of ground + she bought her first professional set, Russian paints which lasted many years, for almost nothing, on a trip to Latvia).
Painting watercolors entails a collaboration between the artist and a living medium that cannot be completely controlled, or erased. Water moves, colors mix, and forms take shape unexpectedly, sparking mystery and curiosity. As in zen practice, the act delicately clings to the right state of mind that can allow for this collaboration to happen: one requiring psychological introspection.
enlarged watercolor print in bus stop, Santa Clarita, public art project
Santa Clarita (Public) Art Stop
L: Pegasus Bowing, R: Dropped in the Tree / Dropped in the Tear, abstract biomorphic watercolor landscapes
watercolor prints, interactive watercolor exhibit at Frances Goldwyn Hollywood Library
old man looking, interactive watercolor exhibit at Frances Goldwyn Hollywood Library
Hollywood Library Interactive Exhibit (visitors named paintings)
Though seemingly abstract, these biomorphic landscapes - animal, insect, bacteria, human, forest, field, flower, plant - are influenced by an attraction to the natural world, and as such, appear very familiar. The hues - bright, intense, descriptive - come from daily observations which have been processed and reassembled. This is meditative painting.
L: Fish, R :Crying / Eyes Without a Face / Self-Portrait from Within, abstract biomorphic watercolor landscapes
The Face of Fire, Pain, abstract biomorphic watercolor landscape
Flower, Day/Night, abstract biomorphic watercolor landscape
L: Fungus Face, R: Defaced, abstract biomorphic watercolor landscapes
Her early paintings are very vertical because she would cut larger sheets in half to save money.
Ioana started painting watercolors in college after discovering the medium in an architectural sketching class in Denmark. She was initially drawn to it because it was very affordable (a little pigment can cover a lot of ground + she bought her first professional set, Russian paints which lasted many years, for almost nothing, on a trip to Latvia).
Pulling Heavy Wind, abstract biomorphic watercolor landscape
lady looking, interactive watercolor exhibit at Frances Goldwyn Hollywood Library
woman's hand writing, interactive watercolor exhibit at Frances Goldwyn Hollywood Library
Hollywood Library Interactive Exhibit (visitors named paintings)
A Midsummer Night's Dream, abstract biomorphic watercolor landscape
As Ioana started painting exploratively, she became excited by the unpredictability of the medium, its living nature, and the speed (watercolors dry fast). Invented worlds, by which to escape defined reality, could be created quickly.
Her early paintings are very vertical because she would cut larger sheets in half to save money.
L: World of Women, R: Dreaming of a Snail in Spring While the Sun Waits Underneath the Ground, abstract biomorphic watercolor landscapes
L: The Wall Has a Face, Enormous and Shadowy, R: Sweater Unraveling, abstract biomorphic watercolor landscapes
Cantaloupe Dreams, abstract biomorphic watercolor landscape
As Ioana started painting exploratively, she became excited by the unpredictability of the medium, its living nature, and the speed (watercolors dry fast). Invented worlds, by which to escape defined reality, could be created quickly.
names given to watercolor by visitors, interactive watercolor exhibit at Frances Goldwyn Hollywood Library
Names Given to a Watercolor by Visitors - Hollywood Library Interactive Exhibit
L: Hag Night Hiding Moon, R: Elsa au Miroir / Floarea Reginei, abstract biomorphic watercolor landscapes

Work/Credits

Paintings & Hollywood Library Exhibit Design: Ioana Urma. Hollywood Library Exhibit Installation: Ioana Urma & Sorin Constantin. Photos: Sorin Constantin (Hollywood Library), Ioana Urma (participatory names detail, Santa Clarita Art Stop). Hollywood Library Exhibit Video: LA Cityview Channel 35.