Motion Divas

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

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
— Erich Fromm

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

Passage. Oil on Canvas, 20 x 30 inches. 

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

Pilgrimmage. Oil on Canvas, 20 x 30 inches. 

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

Race. Oil on Canvas, 20 x 30 inches. 

The Motion Divas series focuses on one‘s goals rather then the individual and only includes the silhouette of the Diva. Whether in gray tones or signal colors, the shade emphasizes the movement towards a target.

All three paintings show a gray multifaceted background, where oil color is applied in layers and using a graphite pencil technique. Different forms can be made out. Some are darker and more dominant, while some are lighter and less overwhelming, but all forms remind us of female silhouettes lost in motion. The paintings are joined by the low horizon showing the city of London. Easily identified sights like Big Ben or the London Eye are outlined and designed in the context of the movement. In this setting, head held high, hair waving in the wind of determination, the Divas march through the miniature skyline towards an unknown destination. In this way they occupy all the space designed for their display.

This scene could be easily imagined in the City of London on a Monday morning—hordes of beautiful women walking towards their busy days. Carrying large bags, taking long strides, the Divas are passing the viewer. As they walk, businesslike and feminine in body-hugging dresses, bound and determined, their slim figures move elegantly and gracefully. Under normal circumstances the details of the person would stay concealed in the speed of movement, which is faster than the perception of the human eye. Therefore, the painting is able to capture a fragment, where fine details can be reveled, like the harshness of the profile, the proud, but tired gaze, the slim wrists, the high heels. The viewer can be taken by the figures determination and willpower. Perhaps, if even only for a moment, he raises his chin as well to feel the proud weight of his own ideas and plans on his shoulders.

In this way, the work revisits the high expectations we have for ourselves in. It further questions the common morals and values that the society imposes on us. By focusing solely on the movement and only including the silhouette of the Divas, the artist emphasizes goals and achievements more than the actual details of the person. While the Divas walk though the urban setting, the disproportionately small metropolis at their feet seems domesticated, but who knows how much energy it takes to domesticate the world.