Self discovery

It’s been a while since I last posted here and I am generally way behind with posting my works online, but I hope to catch up soon enough.

This is one of the paintings I have prepared for my licence degree portfolio at Art Uni. It’s a 60*60 cm oils on canvas (as most of my recent works) and it depicts a very personal approach on how women today (including yours truly) perceive our own bodies. We are more and more concerned with others liking us and we often forget to love ourselves.

In a nutshell, this work is an invitation to self-discovery, self-acceptance and self-love.

 

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The seed of life

I have been working a lot lately, especially on my licence degree portfolio. As you probably already know, the main theme in my work is the beauty and complexity of the female body and spirit. I have planned all sorts of works, from the very explicit anatomy details to the almost abstract and symbolical.

I am quite pleased with how ideas and drawing/painting sessions are unwinding, it seems that for the first time I am able to focus on a single subject through many art pieces.

Every painting still has its own story, and today I am sharing this one with you. Few years ago I became friends with a neighbor. She was older than my mom, but young hearted and a real joy to be around. Her main concern was that I was overworked and underfed – she was an amazing cook by the way, always making sure to save me a plate!

However, health issues got to her last summer, but this most recent painting was somehow inspired by one of our ‘girls time’ moments, when we were making fun of one of her x-rays.

Therefore, I dedicate this work to her…

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Obsession for round compositions

There’s something growing inside me… new ideas, new concepts, new approach in art.

I have been obsessing over round compositions in the last year and I have finally managed to bring it all together and analyse it – where is this taking me? The circle makes me feel and think of completion, continuity, unity, protection, closure. And I really enjoy each and single one of these sensations. There are so many concepts that I believe I could ‘lock’ in a circle, that I can simply not find enough words for.

Here are a few of my approaches, very different ones, I will keep exploring this subject.

obsession-for-circle

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Full moon

The moon is a feminine symbol, universally representing the rhythm of time as it embodies the cycle. The phases of the moon symbolize immortality and eternity, enlightenment or the dark side of Nature herself. It might reflect inner knowledge, or the phases of one’s condition on earth, since it controls the tides, the rains, the waters, and the seasons. It is the middle ground between the light of the sun and the darkness of night, and thus often represents the realm between the conscious and the unconscious.

In astrology, the moon is a symbol of the soul, and in the horoscope it determines the subject’s capacity for reflection and adaptation. It also provides analogy for the stages of human development: the new moon is infancy, the crescent is youth and adolescence, the full moon is maturity and pregnancy, and the waning moon represents the decline of life, sleep.’  source: www.umich.edu

I just couldn’t have said it better!

This painting was driven by an inner need to reflect the bond I feel I have with the moon cycles and I have come to accept it in as a natural connection and take it all in. I have disrupted sleep cycles, insomnia episodes, but my most artistically productive periods also unwind during the night, so I stopped fighting it and trying to ‘fix’ it.

Lately I have noticed I have a clear attraction to round compositions in art, I somehow feel it’s the perfect expression of continuity, infinity, objectivity (the circle and sphere are always constant in regards to its core/center).

Well, if I had the gift of words, I would probably be able to better explain the feelings and emotions that contribute to the development of such works, but since I don’t, I will allow my paintings ‘speak’ on my behalf.

Full moon

Full moon – Oils on canvas 75*80 cm

 

 

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