The woman has always been a source of inspiration for artists, and as a result, she has repeatedly become an object in different types of art. Women are most often portrayed by male artists, who are now quite frequently and routinely criticized for using the female body. But what does a woman lose if she turns into a muse for an artist?
Is the woman losing her enigma, her mystery? Her integrity? Is the woman weakened or, on the contrary, does she become stronger by being the subject of art history research?
Three female artists want to discuss this issue with an exhibition about female nature.
Elena Belobragina presents works that are examples of her vision of the human body in an abstract-figurative style. The starting point for the works is the woman's body and portraits of people. Elena's vision of the body is a structure with colors and volumes as well as of her own feelings and of human energy. This vision comes to her through how she perceives and understands, how she feels and sees her surroundings.
Elena's approach focuses on the colors and aura of human energy. Her works are not always so colorful, they can even be in the white and black color scheme. "The color choice always depends on the model I work with," says Elena. “I choose models that have a strong, feminine energy that I can clearly read. Usually, the colors then become very strong. My goal is to discover colors that clearly express people's feminine and masculine energy and that hopefully also give the viewer better insight into their own aura and themselves. ”
Elen Alien strives to recreate piece by piece the original woman with only natural materials - petals, leaves, and epoxy of used frames. Elen’s eco-friendly work shows how a girl living in a civilized society loses her essence, becomes a woman, and then, by regaining trust partly by part and builds up and restores herself, because she can not live in a cage, limited by the norms and rules that kill her natural being. Elen’s work presents the complex process of a woman accepting her body, her desires, her strengths, and weaknesses - herself, as part of nature.
Nadia Pavlova has a strong connection to the aesthetics of the natural peoples, and her female sculptures are inspired by primitive visual art from Africa and Oceania.
Nadia has the ability to, without losing her artistic power, be able and dare to reduce, that is, to simplify her objects, in order to thereby highlight her message. She wants to convey the beauty and magic that the human body and then not least the facial expressions can shape. Nadia strives to create an emotional contact, a personal relationship, between her archetypal women and the viewer.
In total, the exhibition contains 13 paintings and 13 sculptures. The mix of techniques and media aims to inspire you as a viewer so that you move on to greater empathy for and a more far-reaching understanding of "female nature".
The number 13 was not chosen by chance - this number is the principle for female cycles and full moons throughout the year. By choosing such a number of works, the artists want to accentuate that the difference between a woman and a man is inherent in nature itself and that femininity should consequently be considered in its context. Inside every woman lives the original wild woman, who is on the verge of extinction under the "civilizing" influence of society that suppresses all the "wild", that is, the natural.
The works presented in the exhibition want to remind the viewer of what the people of the modern world have such a hard time accepting, namely that deep inside every woman's soul hides a wild archetypal woman - the healthy, instinctive, the one freed from complexes and prejudices, the one who is beautiful in her naturalness and who accepts herself as she is.