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About my painting

I love looking at people and everything that surrounds me; from tiny things fallen into dust to the movement of the planets and the stars. However, I am just as curious about the things inside, as about the things outside.
Beauty, delicacy, luminosity, nature inspire me. Yet I am also drawn to the mundane, the quirkyness, the irony, the humour, the warped looking-glass. I am not so interested in a critical edge, just a love-filled awe of our world.
I am drawn to depicting those things, which our everyday minds and eyes don’t see. I feel lured to the mythological world, the land of fairy-tales. When I enter this world, I feel as if I tap into a deep, primal, collective, human consciousness, where I can find symbolic or mysterious answers to the questions posed by life.

My subjects vary, but I mainly focus on people. A meditative style is dominant, people immersed in different activities, present in the moment. In recent years, my work is more and more concerned with how people interact, how they connect, how they step out of their individual contemplation and find their way to each other.

My ideas are best conveyed with the tools of classical painting. My technique carries the imprint of several great masters, the Renaissance era and the Far East. I believe that representational painting has its validity in modern art, even though not many technical inventions can be anticipated. The question today might be what can the artist do with the freedom available?

 

I strive to walk the path of harmony with the world, with myself, trying to cleanse and train the mind, the vision, and alongside that, the opening of the heart. I tell stories about my relationship with myself, the world; I paint using my intuition and the knowledge gained throughout the years, influenced by all the things that happen to me.

 

Marta Kiss

2014