My paintings are inspired by my study of Buddhism and my meditation practice. They ask deep, spiritual questions, such as “What would we look like if we were our own best selves, free from suffering and motivated by feelings of connection and love rather than by anger and fear?” and “Can the images we look at increase our feelings of ease and well-being?”
My influences range from Kamakura-era Japanese sculpture to the paintings of Rothko and Michelangelo, and from the visionary art of Tibet to the Fayoum paintings of second century Egypt.
In my work, I experiment with color theory, which uses the color wheel to categorize and understand the effects of mixing and juxtaposing colors, and I explore the meanings of materials such as gold leaf, preserved leaves and twigs.
I often use the golden ratio, a mysterious mathematical ratio found in nature, in music and in the proportions of the human body, to organize my canvas. Since ancient times, the golden ratio has been known to create a pleasing visual rhythm and proportion, and this resonates with my desire to create more well-being in the world.
As we are changed by what we see, I hope my paintings make you feel calm and clear, balanced and spacious, and at ease.
Zoe Rose Wolf is a Chicago artist and yoga teacher at Shri Yoga Center in Highland Park, Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, and Cancer Wellness Center in Northbrook. Learn more about her art at zoekaufman.com