Group Exhibition on View
15th August - 15th September 2021
We are pleased to announce that the “FREEDOM” Online Group Exhibition opens on August,15 2021, exhibiting the work of 22 artists.
Freedom is never dear at any price.
It is the breath of life.
What would a man not pay for living?
Exhibition link : AlbeArtgallery.com/freedom
RODRIGO CANHÃO, PORTUGAL / DAVID STRAANGE, USA / SUSANA NEGRE, SPAIN / HARRY HURLOCK, UK / DOLORES MEPHISTOPHELES, GERMANY / OLGA ZAFEIROPOULOU, GREECE / BRIGITTE AMARGER, FRANCE / ALEXANDR SEREGIN, RUSSIA / ROMMEL MENDOZA, PHILIPPINES / THELMA VAN RENSBURG, SOUTH AFRICA / FAIZA MUBARAK, UK / RICARDO CANDIA, BELGIUM / ALINA O'DWYER, CZECH REPUBLIC / CAROL POCI, BRAZIL / GAYANE ZHESTOVSKYA, RUSSIA / VICTORIA DURYAGINA, CZECH REPUBLIC / CARLA PIACENZA, BELGIUM / JUDITH CHRISTINE RIEMER, GERMANY / OLGA RYZHKOVA, RUSSIA / JANA TITKOVA, RUSSIA / LENA SILVA, UK / ELIZABETH CHERNYSHOVA, RUSSIA
I am interested in dealing with issues that are at the heart of the human condition, such as individuality, personality and their idiosyncrasies. From stereotyped photographs of Americans from the 50’s, I developed a series that I currently work on. The approach is ironic and sarcastic and the meaning has been perverted.
We are all made of colours. Each human being owns a unique combination of colours. Feelings projected in colours. Life during the
pandemic made us share some common feelings and some common colours. Hiding our emotions. Hiding our fears. Hiding our smiles behind a mask. We are all freedom fighters! A worldwide force.
The most synchronised period since the creation of earth.
United, we can be winners!
Losing my sister at the age of 12 was the first shock in my life. I first started drawing when I was 20 years old. That was the light coming through the crack. I added colour in my life and decided to apply to an art school while I was studying marketing. Art became not only my best therapist, but also an immense motivation. Past belongs to the past. I create to find serenity and wish to pass it on people. Facing my deepest fears and turn them into happiness, that’s my goal. Clay keeps me grounded and connects me with the earth. Clay is an ongoing assistant, which I deeply appreciate.
In a way, each reality represents a world that is intertwined with others, each interpretation is a set of personal assumptions that interpret the environment, where everything alien exists although I ignore it. Materiality then provokes a permanent watchful state permeated by the recesses of consciousness.
Each element makes sense when it is appropriate, as a reflection and complement, perhaps, of an inner world that seeks to avoid permanent abstraction. Therefore each reading of the environment and of the other is an adaptation, an encounter of uncertainty with the obligation to see.
This new dystopian present then exhibits the shadow world of the unknown, where one cannot escape the subjectivity of this new scenario and the threat that knowing the difficulties of reality now represents.
Once what is now presented as true has been discovered, the concern resounds about whether reality is definitive or is presented as a succession of uncertain realities.
The main issues I'm interested in as an artist are the relationship between the individual and society, intrapersonal conflicts and reflection, the problem of freedom and morality, the dark side of personality.
The main goals of my art are to formulate questions, encourage viewers to think and open topics for discussion.
What makes us human ? Maybe our ability to reflect, the presence of language, technological progress, our ability to abstract thinking and creation of artworks, or perhaps our ability to empathize?
I don't look for answers to all these questions in statistics and numbers. I look for answers in the person himself.
The time and space on the canvas doesn't move sequentially, so I have the opportunity to use my paintings to create an environment and situations for my audience without giving ready made answers and solutions.
The choice of black as the main colour isn't accidental. It symbolizes the shadow side of personality. Bright colours symbolize the hope for a bright and successful future for mankind.
In my work, I see a reflection of the changing world. My paintings for me are not only an act of art, but also a deep understanding of myself.
For a long time, I could not convey to others my perception and attitude (even ordinary landscapes painted by me seemed soulless.) I was always attracted by bright combinations. And, at first it was just a mesmerizing visual pleasure. But I experimented a lot with color and shape until I found what I was looking for.
I found my own way of displaying feelings quite by accident, after my husband asked me to paint a picture as a gift. In it, I was able to convey the whole gamut of emotions, not paying attention to the usual patterns.
The transitions from calmness and serenity to riots of colors in my works excite the imagination. I kind of try to force a person to "look inside himself" and understand what he is feeling at this very moment. Knowing myself through art is my goal.
Beneath the social mask we wear every day, we have a hidden shadow side: an impulsive, wounded, sad, or isolated part that we generally try to ignore (or hide). The Shadow can be a source of emotional richness and vitality, and acknowledging it can be a pathway to healing and an authentic life.
– C. Zweig & S. Wolf
Childhood trauma caused by emotional and psychological abuse by a caregiver causes severe long term mental distress. Psychologists argue that severe emotional abuse or neglect in childhood causes a fragmentation of the self where certain parts of the victim’s self becomes disassociated or split off as a maladaptive protective response to the trauma. The person disassociates the trauma and parts of him/herself to survive the trauma. The traumatised parts therefore becomes part of the persons shadow self.
The artworks I created is an attempt to address this phenomena from the point of view of my own personal experience with childhood trauma and my ongoing struggle to find a stable sense of self and freedom from trauma.