Oil on canvas, 2015
113 x 173 cm
About the piece
In this series, Aviva explores a new viewpoint, the vertical axe. Inspired from images taken by drones and security cameras or better yet, from a bird's-eye view. Seen from above, we look more similar to each other. Unaware that they are being watched, they don't need to force a smile. As if, paradoxically, they were finally themselves, with none of the self-conciousness that is so present in the social media space today.
About the artist
This oil and mixed-media American artist lives and works in Paris.
Inspired by the contrast between American and French cultures, Aviva explores the interstices. She works on the tension that separates – or unites – the visual and the written, the action and the thought, the energetic immediacy and the distant elegance, the present and the past, childhood and adulthood, American black or white and European shades of grey.
On her way, she collects artifacts from the passage of time, thus documenting the tipping point where an era becomes the “past”: telephone booths, public benches, Volkswagen "combis", neon signs...