Alina Orav: The artworks for the current exhibition have been done during the recent months while carrying out a ritual of living in solitude in a countryside house built by my grandfather. He deceased two years ago. I have been absent from the place for over a decade and have recently transformed his studio space into mine.
All the surfaces employed for creating the artworks were found in the abandoned place. The tangible furniture pieces which have been used in a household exhibit memory by their presence.
The combination of the robust physicality of the objects painted on and the fragile depicted content illustrate the symbiosis between the physical and the immaterial, the embodiment and the incorporeal. The distant metaphysical landscapes painted on the objects are inspired by the surrounding nature and combined with philosophical ideas, personal experiences, seen dreams and visions.
The Forest, oil and acrylic on Wood, 110 x 116 cm, 2018