In her debut and 5th solo exhibition, Miaja Art Collections presents Stefanie Hauger’s solo exhibition titled ‘Stone Stacks’ – This series is a departure from the use of acrylic paint, which was Stefanie’s medium of choice, back into oil and a more painterly, narrative approach.
This series is a reflection on and purging of 10 years in Stefanie’s life during which she had to confront and process many raw emotional challenges. It all began with a game: choose one word to describe each year in the last decade, an honest summary of the overriding emotions of each of those 12 months. Each painting represents one of these years when the artist was struggling and battling for a way out of the darkness. Every canvas is a landmark of soul-searching, burying unwanted emotions and remnants of pain, and collectively these paintings become a pilgrimage back to her inner gravity and truth.
Stone Stacks, also known as Cairns or Rock Stacks, are mounds of stones balanced precariously on top of one another in seemingly physically impossible positions, with gravity playing a key role in the success of the structure. The act of stacking stones is a practice of great patience, huge physical effort, and concentration, thereby translating into a vehicle for meditation and problem-solving. Each rock can have a significant representation ranging from thankfulness or a gesture of worship to the purging of emotions and to deep catharsis, stone by stone.
The paintings use energetic colour combinations and undulating, intertwining oversized brushstrokes that appear to vibrate against one another as if in a trance-like, rhythmic dance, challenging the viewer to take part in this intoxication emotionally whilst also recognizing that there is something intangible in the fragility and imbalance the paintings portray.
Venue: Miaja Art Collections
9 Muthuraman Chetty Road, APS Building, Level 4, Singapore 238931
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 11am – 7pm – Sat, Sun & Public Holidays by appointment only.
When: 14 Dec 2020 - 15 Feb 2021,