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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Rollercoasters & Life.

September 26, 2017

It's funny how certain things become your comfort, your pacifier.

 

I'm rewatching Curb Your Enthusiasm for the hundredth time. It was my mom's favorite show. There's something about Larry David's character that brings this over all peace to my normally chaotic brain. 

 

It was one of those days that I had to work at reminding myself not to let myself slip into any self pity. Self hatred is the fastest way to losing everything you've ever worked for. Depression is a lifelong "thing" even if you feel like you have a handle on it, you know it's always there. Lingering. Waiting for it to be triggered. 

 

I'm reminded life is not about being happy it's about the rollercoaster of really beautiful amazing, sometimes beautifully haunting moments. You can have depression or any other mental (or physical) illness and still do something for the world. 

 

I'm grateful for how my brain works, even the depression, anxiety too. It's made me who I am. It's made me have a sense of humor, allowed me to be more empathic and caring towards the world around me.

 

Happiness is just a fleeting moment.  

 

Find fufillment through doing something positive for the world. We need more artists, poets, philosophers, creators in this world.  

 

Fuck money, get bitches. 

 

Tonight's painting, 

 

Scabbed, 12x12" acrylic on card board 

 

 

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