name. Lana Svirezheva

title. Portrait of the Canal (Oil, oil pastel and acrylic on wood, 233 x 110cm) & Maia (Gel pen and chalk pastel on paper, 20 x 20cm). 

Portrait of the Canal

What happens when a painting is made in two days and two months at the same time? On the first day its principal figure sits down by the painted line of the shore. A few months pass in observation of the still, opaque waters, until one day they clear up, revealing a pictorial space quivering with aquatic life. The figure looks on in envy, feeling apart from the rest of its pictorial companions through its early, solitary birth. 

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Sometimes one looks on at an object far away, perhaps you have done so too, in a museum you have never been to, through a black-and-white photograph, in an old book on ancient roman portrait busts – and you see your grandmother, her marble skin glowing as it does on the black-and-white photographs of her youth, her cheeks cool, rounded, and smiling, very still. Because black is actually a very dark blue (you know it to be so whenever you mix black and white on your palette, and place a brush-full of it next to an orange tone on your painting), you choose a cobalt blue pastel stick, and softly draw her lovely head.

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