In this exhibition of paintings and monotypes created over the past decade, Inka Essenhigh shows ethereal figures and dreamlike environments in which boundaries are melted: interior becomes exterior; solid becomes fluid; the sensual overlaps with the absurd; plant becomes human; clarity and mystery coexist. Her cast of characters and their settings are meant to present the possibility of existence outside of body and mind, yet the dream-like images have links to reality, reflecting time spent between lower Manhattan—where she lives for most of the year—and a family home in rural Maine. While the images have connections with mysticism and folklore, they also serve as a reminder of the beauty of the natural world.
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