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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Sufferings & Death: Refrain

November 3, 2017

I've stopped writing. Not intentionally but I've somehow dug myself into a dark hole (voluntarily) for the sake of art. I dropped off my pieces for the show on Saturday. It's almost like, the moment I dropped everything off a huge emotional weight and dark veil had been removed. I left my sweat  and tears on the canvases. And now I am starting to feel "stable" once again. 

  I mean what's stable anyway, right? We're all just white knuckling it while trying to dilute ourselves into thinking we have any control of our world or selves. But we don't. Not even a little. Only thing we can do is live life in the present, or at least try. Plan but always expect to accept to change that plan and be ok to go for that ride.

 

The show Addiction is on Saturday, November 4th in Hermosa Beach, ca at ShockBoxx Gallery from 7-9 but goes on till Nov 16th just in case anyone was interested.  

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February 23, 2018

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