Emotion Divas

Andagio, 2014. Oil on Canvas, 20 x 30 inches. Collection the artist. 

Perfection is a promise, and a reassurance that we are not wrong.
— Lauren Oliver, Requiem

Andagio, 2014. Oil on Canvas, 20 x 30 inches. Collection the artist. 

Andagio. Oil on Canvas, 20 x 30 inches.

Arabesque, 2014. Oil on Canvas, 20 x 30 inches. Collection the artist. 

Arabesque. Oil on Canvas, 20 x 30 inches. 

Jette Battu, 2014. Oil on Canvas, 20 x 30 inches. Collection the artist. 

Jette Battu. Oil on Canvas, 20 x 30 inches. 

The Motion Divas series focuses on performance and only includes the silhouette of the Diva. Whether in gray tones or signal colors, the silhouette emphasizes the movement and action of the character. All three paintings show an ash-blue background where waves and splashes of color overthrow the canvas to dominate and create the effect of disturbance.

At the bottom, where the color is the lightest, a fine fictitious miniature skyline of St. Petersburg frames the painting. The tiny details are lovingly added to the most famous buildings, which are fictively joined to form an aesthetic background. Beyond this minute horizon the Diva arises, painted in signal red. She is not presented in proportion to the background, but takes up all available space. The landmarks of the high seat of ballet carefully arrange themselves around her pointe shoes, to provide the perfect setting. Now, the Diva as a ballet dancer can act out her story with movement and gestures. After all, the concept of emotionally and physically telling a story through dance is part of every ballet dancer’s skill set. In particular, the ballerina embodies the Diva’s self-respect and discipline. Just as the dancer invests hard work and self-control into her performance, so too a Diva must always be in control of her feelings and emotions. The Diva learns to gain power over her emotions like the ballet dancer over her body.

Furthermore, the dance represents the motion in a Diva’s daily routine. She “dances” through life to the rhythm of her temperament. Taking on different roles as she performs – the sister, the mother or the wife – she has to accurately respond to her surroundings. She acts. She performs. She theaters. Similarly, she must rationalize her temper in order not to overact. She is passionate, yet disciplined. The ballerina in her embodies these values.

Miki’s most cherished childhood memories are seen in the lovingly painted silhouettes of St. Petersburg as well as the graceful figures of the ballerinas. Having grown up in Russia, she has naturally developed a love for ballet. She keeps the ideal of the ballerina as the perfect woman—elegant, beautiful, and surrounded with secret legends—and processes this ideal in the Diva series. Viewers are therefore welcome to develop their own interpretation, explore possibilities of character, find new ways of regarding daily life, and develop confidence in themselves. Bringing discipline and sensuality together, the artist revisits key mindsets in today’s society. As the paint runs up the canvas, the boundaries between sensation and discipline blend.