I want these paintings to hold the air, to be able to breathe, but to also have enough weight to keep me rooted. - Rhiannon Inman-Simpson, 2023
Inhale, Shift, A blink into bright - the titles of the works set the tone of the exhibition. They inspire and guide the thoughts and imagination of the visitors. Words and written thoughts also play an important role int the artist’s studio. They give affirmation and sometimes unintentionally inspire her while painting. A slow pulse – these three little words accompanied Inman-Simpson in her studio on a neon post-it for months before they became the title of the exhibition. She saw them out of the corner of her eye while creating the works for this show and they organically became the unifying element. Therefore, during the curatorial process, the desire for her written quotes to become an integral part of the exhibition space became clear. Whether one reads them first or chooses to initially focus on the paintings, they will subconsciously create a unique perception of the atmosphere. The painted and written works together make the viewer think about the physical reception and the emotional response to the exhibition. How does one move through the space? How does one breathe and feel? What does one see, and most importantly, what does one imagine after letting his/her thoughts run free?