Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Old creations, new creations, same creator

Holidays are always the time of reflection. At least for me. When I go back to my parents house for Thanksgiving each year, I think back to the year before, and before, and before. The house does not change much it just gets older and shabbier each year, I change. My work changes. My Mothers house is a museum of my work, starting from my High school ambitious horrible still lives, to college not less ambitious but a little less horrible visionary paintings, to my first dabbles with watercolor, that had some good ideas....They live their own lives there, hanging and hiding all over the house and being happy to See me again. I am not very original in my feeling that my Art pieces (especially the ones that took a lot of time and energy to create) are my children. I used to stay up all night painting in the basement of that house, listening to music and smoking. I quit as soon as I got pregnant with my first baby. I had big dreams, big ideas about painting. All that has scaled down to a more realistic size, but it's good to go back and refresh the feeling. The feeling of making Art JUST because. Not thinking about marketing, shops, commissions, business card design, Project wonderful, directories and all things of that matter. Now I know that one should go hand in hand with the other, but keeping the RAW approach to Art is absolutely necessary in order to produce something that has a breath of fresh air in itself.
Here are a few of my old creations. A painting of the Fire Element

A collage instalation called "Old friends", that one means a world to me. It is a closing painting of my Italian life. My friends that are no longer close (Marina, if you ever read this say Hi)





And an Icon that I painted for my Grandma. This one was an experiment in using Egg tempora with a recepipt from an medieval book. I guess I did not do it quite right, since it already crumbles and looks medieval:)

And what am I doing now?


I made magnets with glass tiles. Yes, it is not egg tempera, but it was a very fun thing to do. I think they turned out quite well for the first batch. Look for them in my shop now.



glass tile magnets

10 comments:

Yulechka said...

Vita, you have amazing nack for iconography (is that a word?...) - that piece is simply amazing.....right feeling, right everything!

tiled magnets are FUN!...how about just making TILES same way?...as coasters?

ingermaaike said...

You make great works of art, both the fun light ones as well as the more serious ones. Hat off to you!

rossichka said...

Dear Vita, it's only natural to have "big dreams" and "big ideas" about future, when you are young. Sometimes life changes our plans and expectations, but there're always possibilities to express yourself and the Art you're wearing in your soul and imagination. Don't give up, just follow your Path...
I like very much the collage and the icon!

The Empty Envelope said...

I am enjoying looking at your earlier works:).

Arkadi said...

Interesting reflections...

Christina Silverio said...

How wonderful to see some of your older works! And they are gorgeous, truly :) It's amazing to see how we progress as artists. You can look at a piece, and it's like looking back with a mental camcorder to another time in your life. You can remember where you were, what you were doing, what you were thinking. It's an wonderful thing. :)

Vita said...

Yulechka--thanks dear! It is because I copied it :)) what are tiles anyway?

ingermaaike--thank you. that is one of the best compliments i have ever recieved

rossichka-- you are wise as always. Thank you for your wonderful input. Why o why don't you have a blog?


The Empty Envelope, Arkadi--glad to see you here :)

Christina--very very true. Art is the best diary:)

Rima said...

Wow, great to see your old works Vita.. they are wonderful!
I love the icon !...
It is important to keep a focus on the actual art amid all that promo stuff.. I find something in me stops liking it when I start having too many ideas for making money... it gets too far away from the real reason for painting doesn't it :)

Marina said...

Hi,)
Couldn't take a closer look at the collage but I recognize these faces,)

Vita said...

Marina, I can not believe it's you:) how wonderful, absolutely wonderful to see you here!

 

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