Violet Hopkins’ drawings and paintings combine layers of appropriation with both a visceral realism and an expressive sense of fantasy. Often inspired by found images of the natural world, Hopkins uses ink, paint, and pencil to conjure vivid scenes that seamlessly incorporate figurative and abstract elements. Her subjects – wild animals, geological formations, flora – transform into abstract patterning, membrane-like forms, and hallucinatory movements. Her renderings of line and color highlight the drawing process, while allowing shifts in consciousness between the real and the imagined. Her works fuse an external world of nature with a psychic world of symbolism and allegory.
Violet Hopkins (El Paso, TX 1973) lives and works in Los Angeles. She holds a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia.
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