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Karen Grosman

Memento Mori

by Karen Grosman, Toronto, Canada

august,01 - august,15 2020

This collection of memento mori and vanitas use the symbolism of butterflies, meat, shells, skulls and flowers to signify impermanence - death, decay, the body, fertility and the afterlife. 

 

Flowers represent life, the skeleton and skulls signify death, the gold leaf signifies wealth and what will be left behind. The butterfly signifies hope and the fragility of life, shells represent fertility, insects are decay and meat is the body and wealth. 

 

I am interested in death as a subject matter because it is a reminder of the fragility of life.

Maxim Shishov

Anti Antisocial   

by Maxim Shishov,Arkhangelsk,Russia

august,15 - august,30 2020

Art is social.  

 

Art is directly related to reality and it should talk about its problems: politics, the environment, possible wars and social problems.

 Artists are people with a certain status in society.  People admire them for their unusual vision of this world.  People want to follow their idols, whether it's a performer or an artist.  Therefore, artists are those people who can "make" people think, give food for thought.  Artists can change the vector of development, give the first impetus.  So why not to do it, since art is such a powerful tool of influence?

Anna Kerman

Just like Sonnet 18

by Anna Kerman, Isle of Wight ,UK

september,01 - september,15 2020

Spent her childhood in Sweden, Anna Kerman presently lives and works in the Isle of Wight, UK.  Kerman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts at Kent Institute of Art and Design, UK; and with Masters in Enterprise and Management for the Creative Arts at University of Arts London, UK.

 

Kerman’s work often pierced with ideas of constant search for yourself, her outlook of emotional connections to the wild and her outcry for injustice and destruction of our planet for the good of economic wealth.

 

Anna’s paintings often based on her childhood images of extreme climate in Sweden, viewed through the stillness of Nordic melancholy. She said: “I never start an artwork with an end result in mind, instead I simply let my emotions and mood control the outcome of the painting, working with layering and stripping of paint to capture the moment.”