Frist Art Museum / 919 Broadway May 27, 2016 - October 9, 2016

Inka Essenhigh

In this exhibition of paintings and monotypes created over the past decade, Inka Essenhigh shows ethereal figures and dreamlike environments in which boundaries are melted: interior becomes exterior; solid becomes fluid; the sensual overlaps with the absurd; plant becomes human; clarity and mystery coexist. Her cast of characters and their settings are meant to present the possibility of existence outside of body and mind, yet the dream-like images have links to reality, reflecting time spent between lower Manhattan—where she lives for most of the year—and a family home in rural Maine. While the images have connections with mysticism and folklore, they also serve as a reminder of the beauty of the natural world.

Inka Essenhigh: Between Worlds was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Inka Essenhigh. The Woodsman, 2012. Oil on canvas, 72 x 68 x 1 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London. © Inka Essenhigh