Sarah Svetlana is a Los Angeles based artist who, as a painter, explores the fragmentation of the subject in an ongoing search for home. An agency model, turned art model, Sarah Svetlana used her body as the first medium in her initial search for identity and self-expression—her upbringing in the irreconcilable cultures of Soviet Belarus and Immigrant America, has drawn and painted roadmaps between two worlds.

Her paintings do not only suggest hectic movement, but the stillness locked in each gesture of that movement. Her work is “rooted somewhere between the insanity of Kandinsky and the line-certainty of the early 20th century Futurists.” Each painting is a piece to the complex topography that defines both her identity and her work. Through the narratives created by a methodical application of color, she delivers an invocation of home— spectral and surreal, but familiar too. 

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self portraits vs self

September 21, 2017




The nights of no sleep have finally caught up with me.


When I dream now it's become so vivid and life like that I'm having trouble distinguishing my two realities. 


I wake up in a sweat usually, my heart pounding through my chest. This morning I had a dream my [dead] mom left a broken, ripped condom on a door handle for me. What the flickity fuck does that supposed to mean?


Oh, I'm sure I'll stay up all night trying to decipher this metaphorical dead mom condom dream.







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February 23, 2018

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