Acrylics, Paper Collage
h: 70 w: 150 d: 4 (cms).
'Parting' is the biggest mixed media piece in the ongoing series 'Hiraeth' in which the artist strives to process the feeling of nostalgia. Hiraeth – a word that at once signifies homesickness, nostalgia, and a grief caused by the yearning for a place you can no longer return to has become the spirit of a world forever changed. Due to recent events our past lives have become a place to which we can never return; a place whose beauty only lives in our memory.
The painting creates a dialogue with the viewer. The attention of the characters is clearly focused on the specatator, giving us the impression that the one looking at the paiting is the one that's 'parting', leaving dear friends and peaceful lands once called home behind.
The artist has chosen to incorporate elements of paper collage intertwined with traditional painting. The faces of the characters are sourced from portraits by Italian Mannerist painter Agnolo Bronzino supplemented with elements from other historic works. By cooperating with painters through time the artist is searching answers to questions - are memories best left untouched, a perfect record of the past? Or are they something to be part of our present?