Welcome to Zoom In, a solo show by local Bay Area artist Zoe Hall. Follow as she takes you through a textural experience that is at once botanical and geometric; raw and practiced. Many of the mixed media pieces you will see here are curated directly out of Zoe’s sketchbooks, and enlarged into prints, resulting in an intimacy between the viewer and the artist’s ritual of documenting her impressions of the natural world around her. She is showcasing paintings, drawings, collages and prints.
Zoe’s work emanates a spontaneous vibrancy, combined with an almost obsessive focus on realism and detail. Nature is often Zoe’s muse, an endless inspirer of patterns, textures and raw forms. In a fast-paced world where simple beauties so often get missed, Zoe has honed her eye to notice the intricate design of all things small – be it the repetitive hexagon pattern found in a paper wasp’s nest, the bursting red seeds from a dried magnolia flower pod, or the delicate veins making up a gooseberry skeleton. She often finds herself collecting these tiny overlooked treasures and bringing them back to her studio for inspiration and closer study. She takes the familiar and brings it so close that we cannot help but spend time with what we may have otherwise overlooked. Zoe uses charcoal, eraser, ink/crow quill, watercolor, gelatin monoprinting, collage, and staining to play with shadow and light, raw form and negative space, control and freedom.