By STUDY28|Violette Stepaniuk with Margit Hideg
River of Lives
Margit Hideg | mixed media on canvas | 48″ x 36″ x 48″ x 36″ (122cm x 92 cm x 122 cm x 92 cm) | 2014
What can we learn from this work?
Margit Hideg’s River of Lives is an abstract, mixed-media painting. Abstract art is not representational; it is not meant to copy or represent anything in particular, such as a landscape, object or person, not even partially as in Eliane Saheurs’ semi-abstract painting Enchanted Spaces VI.
In River of Lives, Hideg uses lines and colours to convey the energy of movement and flow of the natural world.
Hideg used a variety of media and techniques in her painting: photography, digital editing, digital transfer, and acrylic painting.
River of Lives is a diptych, a work of art in two matching parts. In this painting the two parts help create mirror-image symmetry, similar to a butterfly. Other examples of symmetry are the yin-yang symbol and the Flower of Life.
“Symmetry is the universal symbol of being,” Hideg explains. “The symmetry in my painting symbolizes the harmony between humanity and the environment, our eternal connection with the planet and the cosmos, and our harmony in our relationships. Our happiness depends on how we can balance the symmetry of our inner and outer worlds.”
The lines in this painting are organic structures, like veins carrying blood and oxygen through the human body, conduits of vital energy. The curved, continuously bending lines help convey energy, and their soft and shallow curves add a pleasing, sensual quality to the composition.
The colour scheme used in River of Lives, and throughout the exhibition, is related to the chakra colours, a range from red to violet, resembling the light spectrum.
“I am using the shades from indigo, violet to magenta, pink and orange – the spiritual colors of the crown chakra signifying the higher consciousness,” says Hideg. “Here I am referring to our natural state of being of love and being deeply connected.”
“The same elements that we see in River of Lives are repeated from work to work in the exhibition, thus the works integrate,” says Hideg. “They can be seen as interchangeable pieces that fit into a larger schematic. Although each work is individual, expressing the message and energy of love and compassion, when viewed as a whole, the series has a sense of continuity, of energy flow from one into another to bring the element of healing to us and to the world.”
Interview with Margit Hideg
In this excerpt from an interview with Liana Voia, an Ottawa vlogger, Margit Hideg talks about her painting River of Lives:
The full interview is available on Liana Voia’s YouTube channel.
Above and Below
October 30 to November 16
La Fab – Chelsea Arts, Culture and Heritage Centre
Meet the artist:
• November 9, 1 to 5 p.m.
• November 15, 1 to 5 p.m.
In this series of paintings, Margit Hideg searches for similarities between living things – nature and that secret, human, self-organizing language which offers symmetry, dynamic patterns and golden ratio. The works embrace the beauty and complexity of the natural world; the symbolic power of the dynamic patterns, which itself represents life force; the cyclic rhythms of birth and rebirth; the link between science and spirituality; our conscious and unconscious worlds, and which, as a flowing and open line, proposes uninterrupted movement, fertility, evolution and continuity.
Empowered by the knowledge that we live in two worlds at the same time, the inner and the outer, and the Law of Correspondence which tells us that our outer world is a reflection of our inner world, Margit challenges us to believe that in order to effect positive change in our outer world, we must first use our life experiences to change our inner world.
Raised in Transylvania, Romania, Margit Hideg has a Bachelor in Fine Arts (HON) from the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She lives and works in Cantley, Quebec where she finds inspiration in the natural world. Margit’s experience extends from fine arts to the corporate world in the areas of management, graphic design and publishing. She has exhibited her work in Europe and Canada. Her work is part of private and public collections around the world. She is represented by the Galerie Bernard in Montreal.
In this life of illusionary realities created by mass media, we are disconnected from ourselves and each other. We stand in danger of being isolated because of our lack of feeling of interconnectedness of all things in life. With my work I am trying to bring people back to nature and community.
Learn more about Margit:
Preview and purchase her books: