Through the means of painting, mixed media and video art, I explore the cultural dissonance within a post-soviet modern state and its relationship to issues of historical heritage, politics, cultural conflict and interpretational ambiguity.
Combining flat images and historical photographs with textural accents, threads and prints, I strive to underline the rich cultural symbolism and history within the original works, as well as draw attention to the creation of new meanings through modern interpretation. By underlining the shift in accents and the introduction of present day paradigms, I strive to open up to discussion contemporary phenomena and the idiosyncratic elements within society. Deliberately overlapping symbolic meanings, I explore the fluidity of historic precedence and its symbiotic relationship to past and future.
My artwork not only addresses the anthropologic and sociological dimensions, but also delves into the human emotional state through abstract paintings. Colored layers of varying opacity and intensity illustrate the emotional and cognitive landscape of human experience. The pieces I create are essentially an exploration of individual encounters with the self and its history in spheres both public and private
EXCLUSIVE WORK BY LILYA CHAVAGA