Work by Aliza Morell.
Walking at Night is a body of recent paintings that use landscapes in and around Chicago’s Ukrainian Village to address the theme of searching in everyday life. Initially the paintings read as familiar scenes from a walk alone after dark. However, with longer viewing, the environments become unsettling. The vertical format and scale of the paintings reference the viewer’s physical presence. Pathways lead to passages, to shadows, or off the page entirely. Color drives a tension between familiarity and mystery. The mood is unclear, both inviting and suspenseful. The more you enter the image the more you wonder, what am I doing here?