Chad Hoover
The Ephemera Series comments on humankind’s struggle against mortality and creates an aesthetic experience on two levels: the sublime as a sobering realization of the fragility of our existence, and the emotional experience of beauty. The paintings depict radical tumor resections, and developed out of direct observation, giving me an unparalleled personal experience with my subject. Becoming more than a record of history, my work places the viewer into the unusual visual vantage point of a surgeon. The anonymous identity of the patient, the surgeon, and assistants invites the viewer to participate in role play, where they are directly confronted with the borderline of life.
- Chad Hoover