In a career spanning over two decades, Liliane Tomasko has fashioned a unique and recognizable abstract language. Her subject matter is rooted in the domestic sphere. Via painting, sculpture and photography, she explores the materiality of various household fabrics – dresses, curtains, sheets and mattresses. During the last three years, Tomasko has gradually moved away from representation and developed a visual, painterly language which allows her to be more open and expressive without loosing the thread to the source of her obsession with the domestic environment and in particular the soft materials and various textiles which are intrinsic to home.
In her new abstract paintings, Tomasko brings us closer to the essence of the material objects immersing us in the scaffolding, the fibers, to reveal their deeper reality and resonance’. Gestures are at once fluid and yet muscular and assertive. As critic Sue Hubbard points out, ‘these paintings illustrate a journey from harmony to dissonance, from silence to noise, from stillness to complexity’. In the end they are sumptuous and beautiful. Her new work is about a compression of time, exploding into the present what has been experienced and learned, both on a personal as well as an artistic and creative level. Here, everything comes to bear; the early days of punk, photography, sculpture, minimalism, still life, abstract expressionism, and trying to make the connection between everyday reality and moments of deeply illuminated insights into what it means to be alive.