Photo collage and acrylic on photo paper
Dimensions: 25.4cm (H) x 17.8cm (W) x 0.3cm (D) / 10" (H) x 7" (W) x 0.12" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Eternal recurrence #5 by Natasha Zupan
Measures: 10" x 7"
Photo collage acrylic paint on photo paper
One of a kind
Natasha Zupan’s work juxtaposes emotion, reflection, shadows, light, time, images and abstractions in a confrontation between traditional representation and contemporary subjectivities. She manipulates and interweaves concepts of time. Time, past and future are united in a perpetual possibility of change.
Her work captures the resonances and the echoes and reflections of conflict and evolution. Zupan’s work is not about translating a world that already exists. It is about an entrance to a different universe.
Her work is about a universe where time and emotions intersect. She grew up in Europe and in the US, so have a dual perspective with regard to tradition in painting and aesthetics. Her work is about duality and cross-cultural exposure. The method, which predominates her work, is the collage. It is not only the use of different materials but also of different representational techniques. By decontextualizing the language of representation, i.e. drawing, painting, color theory, perspective, etc., she reformulates to create a new space. Her work is about this process of blurring boundaries and the dialectic between experimentation and tradition.
She combines images from old masters, alchemical prints, contemporary artists, and bits from magazines and newspapers to create overlapping, intersecting worlds of transparencies and transformation. Collage allows emotions to converge with the material. She play with the juxtaposition of the past and present in an atmosphere of no time. She seeks baroque minimalism. The materials she uses consist of embroidered silks dating back from the 18th century coded with time and meaning. She uses gold leaf, pigments, rabbit skin glue, acrylic, oil, charcoal, photographs, encyclopedias, magazines, and current images from the Internet. The work is informed by romance, desire, disillusion, torment, ecstasy, dream, and myth. Her best works are erotic displays of mental confusion particularly concerning relationships. She usually works in series to emphasize repetition and obsession.
Hometown: Columbus, Georgia, USA
Based in: Valldemossa, Mallorca
Born in Georgia (USA), Raised in Europe. Combining Renaissance ideals and concepts with borrowed contemporary media images, Natasha Zupan beautifully unites the old and new in her collage work. Yale-educated and internationally renowned artist, Natasha combines the innovation of her highly crafted technique with her wonder for tradition and inspiration from the great Masters. Her clear, bright brush strokes and play of light and shadow are both rhythmic and youthful. The female figures in her paintings have an undeniable renaissance quality about then but are reborn into our understanding of contemporary aesthetics. Their classical faces become modern nymph-like when combined with symbols of nature and beauty. Each figurative work harbors a unique and intricate personality. Powerfully expressive, they are at once pure, sensual, innocent yet beguiling.
An internationally acclaimed figure in the art world, Natasha shows annually throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, including a few exhibitions at the Columbus Museum of Art, Georgia . The artist has also been a muse for the famous fashion label Larusmiani, Zang Toi and di Liborio as well as being commissioned by Atelier Swaroski to produce a Crystal Chandelier and Mattel to produce a painting about Barbie, to celebrate her 50th anniversary.
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