I think there is a certain sacredness in a painting. It is still and quiet in the nature of its objectness, but somehow it is possible to hear and see it move. I find it fascinating how static imagery can converse and connect with people, awaking a range of complex emotions, on the level that words do not. Painting is a timeless and fluid language whose beauty lays in its composition – the geometry of the image that forms relationships between abstract shapes, light, shadows and color. In my own work the compositional arrangement of objects is catalyst. For instance, my painting Роздум(Meditation), at first glance, focuses on the details of the pomegranate resting on the table, and a sitting contemplating figure. With closer inspection, though, it becomes clear that these nuances, yet important in contributing to the visual aesthetic, are not the core of the painting. The psychology of the image is carried in the triangular shape, which is formed in between, connecting the focal points – the face, the fruit and the hands.
This painting as well as my other work is constructed based on a contrasts of opposites. I balance simplicity and complexity of composition, color and paint application: active detailed areas of painting balanced with simplified shapes that rest the eye; muted palette and chromatic saturated colors; textured surface, that makes the viewer aware of the physicality of a painting, and the smooth paint application to enhance the illusion of space, etc.
I find painting process to be an intuitive one. When faced with a blank canvas, I do not always know where the process will take me. Painting is a search that primarily fosters not the rational, but the emotional interpretation of the world. In this respect, identify with Cezanne’s process, who wrote: “The landscape reflects on itself, is humanized, thinks itself in me. I objectify it, project it, fix it on my canvas.” I too, attempt, to analyze, internalize and filter the observed reality in my work, rather than simply imitating it. For me, painting, is very much a practice of self- discovery. It does not necessarily provide me with a deeper understanding of the world, but helps me to unravel the complexity of experiences I encounter.