Liliane Tomasko’s art is rooted in the themes of sleep and the unconscious. Titled after the ancient Greek god of dreams, this exhibition focuses on states of transformation between waking and sleeping that Tomasko captures in her works on canvas, aluminium and paper. Through the use of an unbiased and intuitive colour palette Tomasko succeeds to seize the entire spectrum of the human condition.
“Sleep to most is no more than a necessity. However, maybe during those hours spent in this almost unconscious state, something is illuminated that cannot be seen in the brightness of the day.”- Liliane Tomasko
The show includes examples from important series of paintings capturing a vast array of emotions like 'a dream of…' (2018) or 'Hold on to Yourself' which she created during the Covid induced lockdown at the beginning of 2020. This series mostly consists of small-format oil pastel on paper, in which the artist works spontaneously and reduces her palette almost exclusively to black, clearly expressing the need for simplification during this crisis in which the fragility of human existence became increasingly apparent.
Credits: From top to bottom exhibition views Liliane Tomasko, 'Morpheus', Kunstmuseum Kloster unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, 2021, courtesy Kunstmuseum Kloster unser Lieben Frauen, photo Hans-Wulf Kunze; 'Hold on to Yourself: 5/24/2020', acrylic on aluminium, 152.4 x 121.9 cm; 'Hold on to Yourself: 5/5/2020', acrylic on aluminium, 152.4 x 121.9 cm; 'Morpheus', 2018, acrylic and acrylic spray on linen, 193 x 177.8 cm. All works © Liliane Tomasko