My exhibition explores my vision of the world we live in, representing landscapes and cityscapes showing the interaction of the sky and urban architecture. I really enjoy walking around the city I live in, Paris, and other cities I visit with a camera and taking pictures of things that inspire me, capturing the beauty of the world that surrounds me, therefore all of my pieces are inspired by my own photographs. My artworks are characterized by the use of soft tones and colors, creating a delicate effect with muted lighting and the frequent use of the color blue. This soft calming atmosphere can be seen on the watercolor pieces: Skyscrapers series and Montmartre, as well as on the photography series. Throughout the body of work there is a recurring motif of the sky, as beautiful clouds and sunsets give me inspiration and evoke a feeling of calmness. They are shown on the acrylic paintings Lamp post, Lighthouse, Sunset street and Street and the sky, as well as on the Seaside photography series.
The first artwork I created for this exhibition is City in Motion, a mixed media drawing inspired by photos I took around Paris. Creating this piece directed me towards the theme of cityscapes and use of my own photography. The key piece of my exhibition is the Lamp Post painting in which I focused on details of the urban architecture and its interaction with the sky, which became a recurring motif of my future pieces.
In my artworks I have used a variety of techniques, the most significant being photography, which was an inspiration for all of my pieces. In my paintings I experimented with different materials, using acrylic paint on canvas, paper and wood on Street and the sky where I tried layering two wooden panels. However the painting technique that appealed to me the most was watercolor thanks to its sensitivity which can be seen on my Montmartre and Skyscrapers pieces. The use of different materials, formats and sizes creates a more complex and diverse experience for the audience, allowing them to explore the beauty of our surroundings through different mediums.
The artists who inspired my work the most are Edward Hopper and Charles Sheeler. I was influenced by their figurative approach to cityscapes, using simplified geometric shapes, which can be seen in my artworks focused on architecture. My pieces Montmartre and Skyscrapers and my photography series City reflections were inspired by Sheeler’s simplified abstract urban landscapes. I was influenced by Hopper’s landscapes, particularly for the Lighthouse painting and the representation of solitude. A similar motif can be seen in my exhibition as the artworks represent my surroundings without any human figures, which creates the feeling of calmness and peace, and allows the viewer to fully focus on the beauty of the world around them.
My work is exhibited on a large, ten meterslong wall. This linear space suggests the viewer to look at the exhibition from left to right. I decided not to present the work in chronological or thematic order, but instead balance the use of color, starting with more colorful pieces on the left and the monochromatic grayish pieces on the right, ending with a colorful accent of the Sunset Street piece. Varying techniques and formats makes the exhibition more complex and diverse, keeping the viewer’s attention as the pieces are not monotone.
While looking at my exhibition I want the audience to contemplate the beauty of the world around them. My work does not have a particular political message, the purpose is solely to show the beauty of cityscapes, landscapes and the variety of colors in the sky. Looking at my artworks, I want the audience to see the details which they normally do not notice in their surroundings, like reflections and shadows, as the ones shown in City reflections and Seaside photography series. My artwork intends to show the beauty of the seemingly ordinary cityscapes and evoke the feeling of peace, calmness and admiration for our surroundings.
Sunset street (April 2021)
Acrylic on paper
Sunset street is based on the photograph I took of the view from my window. I was fascinated by the colours of the sky and shapes of the clouds contrasting with the dark, simple silhouettes of the buildings. On this painting I tested a number of different acrylic paint techniques, for example using dry brush. I was working fast with the use of quick brush strokes to represent the dynamic shape of the clouds
Seaside (November 2021)
Seaside is a series of non-edited photographs taken on an analog camera using double exposure. The photographs show the beauty of a calm seaside landscape at sunset. The use of double exposure allows to layer two images in an uncontrolled spontaneous way by exposing the same film multiple times, which allows to truly capture the moment.