Through their playful oversimplification of the familiar, Dana Slijboom’s paintings express a hallmark of expressionism—the invocation of subjective emotion over a fixed meaning or representation. The highly composed and meticulous application of basic imagery gestures toward Slijboom’s expressive attempts at a light-hearted control over the conflicting states of anxiety and humour each symbol presents.
In her series All the Fallen Tulips, Slijboom’s methodically rendered tulips are simple and repetitive, reminiscent of a vintage domestic textile or a field of cut flowers. Her work embraces digital aesthetics, recalling early computer drawing programs with pixelated flourishes. Its moods are unmistakably of the moment exploring ideas of excess and overindulgence.