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Resisting categorization, themes of duality and illusion intertwine in the sculptural picture plane of Zoë Hoare’s work. Using cut paper to make sculptural assemblages, Hoare frames the pieces with a veil-like plastic screen. The screen defuses the sculpture beneath and forces it to become two-dimensional. The restrictive palette and seemingly unassuming craftsmanship instead emphases the nuances of light and shadow. This process of deconstructionism and the cathartic reconstructive conclusion allows Hoare to demonstrate the duality of image making and express the link between illusion and reality. Adolph Gottlieb, of the New York School of abstract art, gave a statement in which he remarked that “so-called abstraction” was the “realism of our time.” Indeed, in the shifting realities of our age, Hoare’s work offers a representation of the complexities of modernity.