Oil on canvas
H 60cm x W 60cm
Stretched canvas | Unframed
Says Maria Kostareva of her painting Light Day: “I often depict the shadows, they fascinate me. Sharply contrasting with the light, they create new strong forms in space. But at the same time, they are fleeting and in a second they can disappear.”
Maria says of her series of urban moments: “It seems to me that when everyday spaces within a city become so utilitarian and impersonal, a place for the person themselves is paradoxically liberated. When you do not need to think about how to cross the street safely, you can devote those minutes to anything you like. If you switch off the automatic mode of repetitive actions, you can start to pay attention to visual images around you.
“I see my work as an example of such a way of existence in the city. When planning the movements around the city requires little mental effort, you suddenly notice how shadows are beautifully refracted at midday or how a fleeting silhouette appears on the window glass. By its supposed detachment the city spaces allow a person to return to themselves.”
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