Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Eva Isaksen (Seattle) was born and raised in Bodø Norway. She attended Nordland School of Arts & Craft in Narvik, and continued her studies in the United States. She received her BFA in Painting from University of South Dakota and her MFA in Painting from Montana State University. Combining collage, printmaking and painting techniques, Eva creates complex multi-layered compositions to investigate nuances of nature. Her work is part of numerous public and private collections, including Nordland Regional Hospital, Bodø Norway, Bodø Kunstforening, King County Public Art Collection, Museum of Northwest Art and the Permanent Art Collection of US Embassy, Riga, Latvia.

Eva received 2014 GAP funding for expenses in connection with a solo exhibition at Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO. The funding will allow her to have five crates built for large-scale canvas shipment, as well as airfare to attend the opening.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

My work has always been inspired by nature:
organic forms, cycles, seasons, land,
water, sky,
order, rhythm, repetition,
growth, life, regeneration.

For some time now, I have been using
papers as the primary material
in my work.
The thin papers, which I print on,
draw on, cut up, are layered endlessly
on the canvas. No “found”
papers are used, I print them all,
using yarns, fabric, seeds, pressed plants and other organic
material.

My work is an exploration of complex
color schemes and contrasts.
I seek ways to bring my work to new levels
of my personal interpretation of nature. My work is
about color,
line, material, form, space and
about art as process that always changes and grows.

Where to stop?
How far to push?
How little?
How much?

Color is intense.
It overpowers me.
After working with it for weeks on
end,
I step back, peel the color away.

What is underneath?

Something new.
Somewhere to grow from
again.

Eva Isaksen