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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Mamy Blue

September 30, 2017

I realize that my obsessive personality traits prevent me from sleeping till I figure out whatever it is I'm painting. I'm talking hours upon hours of staring, thinking then painting. It's amazing how some days your confidence can do you no wrong then one day for no real reason you just hate everything you're doing and question your entire ability not only as an artist but as a human being! 

 

I call my sister and inform her I forgot how to paint. 

 

She calls me a moron and advises me to go smoke a bowl. 

 

Ok, I'm better now. 

 

 

self portraits 9-29-17

 

 

 

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February 23, 2018

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