I bought a painting today! I walked around the Culver City artwalk with friends. Most of what I saw was the usual gallery stuff. Then I walked into Project gallery and was blown away by these small squares full of enchanted landscapes and with stories about a girl princess and evocative symbols. Like Le Petit Prince meets medieval Russian icons and Japanese manga. The more I looked the more I was drawn in to this world. I bought the one below—is the a girl lying in the grass? asleep? dead and buried? The red shoes remind me of Dorothy in Oz. She has a constellation dress and carries a bloody knife. Is it the instrument of her martyrdom? THe burning bush has catholic/orthodox religions associations, yet the carrot and the white root (daikon?! or a bloody boomerang?) add another mysterious layer of meaning.
“I did not consume it” by Rebecca Artemisa Urias
(The gallery owner let me put the red dot on myself. It was a nice little ceremonious touch.)
I like all the little people on the horizon. With all their different attributes, they remind me of the merit badges I would earn when I was a Girl Scout.
And this one is beautiful…I prefer the rich symbolism in the one I chose. But this one is magnificent cartoonage at its best. Someone in the gallery said that the girl reminds him of figures in video games. I agree!
I really like this artist and look forward to following her and seeing where she goes….