Oil on canvas
H 50cm x W 50cm
Stretched canvas, unframed
Says Maria Kostareva of After a Snowfall: “A very snowy winter influenced the colour of my works. With its perfect whiteness, the snow exposed the emerald walls of the underpass.”
Maria Kostareva grew up is a small rural Russian community, only moving to Moscow as a young adult. Being an outside observer, she formed her own understanding of the position of people within urban spaces and was able to focus her art practice on making those mundane spaces and actions of daily urban experiences the subjects of her work.
In an attempt to cope with the hectic pace of a big city, Maria strives for mindfulness through capturing and bringing to life those images that we normally endure only for a short while. She seeks harmony between humankind and urban architecture, similar to the unity with nature. The composition of her artworks is based on the principle of an accidental photo. The figures appear on the canvas, just as they would to a human eye, only partly. The images do not unfold into a narrative: they are nothing but the moments appropriated from eternity.
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