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Exhibitions

"BECOMING"

New Oil Paintings by Elena Zolotnitsky

August 1st - September 15th




Dilettantes' Travel
oil on mylar mounted on panel


Tin Love
oil on mylar mounted on panel

Transformation - is what art and essentially life are about. Night into day, winter into spring, chrysalides into butterflies, "ugly ducklings" into beautiful swans, seed into flower, life into death, thought into an object of desire, inspiration into a work of art. The "Extinct Series" is exactly about that: evolving, growing, becoming. The whole collection started with a thought: "How to paint a chair without it looking like a chair, when the painting becomes something more than a piece of furniture"? I named the series "Extinct". It is a collection of semi-abstract characters. They are "portraits" of antique arm chairs, transformed into existence by my imagination. Each of them is "colored" into a certain emotion, dealing with time and space. The first one I painted refused to come to life till I laid the gold leaf application on its backing, reminiscent of vertebrae... That intuitive move morphed the object of an old chair into a...character, species of extinction. The reference that gave the name to the first painting and to the series. I see this collection as a logical progression of my creative journey. Over the past few years I have been more interested in the abstract qualities of the surface. Color becoming the essential means of expression. With the simplifying of shapes and composition and discovering a new complexity of color and paint application, I am not just painting a picture - I am experiencing one. The physical part of "experience" involves a lot of scrapings, impasto, transparency, layering and palette knife applications, accidents and false starts - "working" the surface till it starts breathing on its own. I consider the Extinct Series very important, because it brought change - a new perspective and certain depth - on how to paint space and time in order to move forward.





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