Title - Slippery one
Artist - Mara Sola
Size - 13.8 x 13.8 in. (35 x 35 cm)
Medium - Oil on gesso board
Year - 2012
About the artist
Alienation is a concept pointing to a process whereby the world seems strange, unfamiliar, unknown even absurd to man. My work centers around the idea of place, or, as it may be, the existential experience of being out of place, of not belonging, perhaps illustrating the zeitgeist of modernity. I see my paintings as metaphorical expressions of the feelings of loneliness, abandonment, mourning over a loss not completely known. By moving images out of context, familiar subjects or objects migrate into new lonescapes (landscapes) where the borders between real and surreal dissolve. My own cultural venture and experience, memories and intuitions combined with influence from the tradition of magic realism are the main sources to create the scenarios in my works. A continuous reinterpretation and comparison of past and present is expressed in images of ambiguity and the unexpected, an invitation to cross borders. A shy and melancholic mood of alienation and silent adaptation is achieved by choice of colours and materials. Leaving old traces and layers on the surfaces contribute to give a sense of possible further transformation.
Mara Sola (Born in Altea, Spain; lives and works in Stavanger, Norway). She works mainly on the medium of painting and drawing. Mara holds a First Class Honors Degree in Fine Art from Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (2010). In July 2012 Mara Sola had her first major solo show at the Linenhall Arts centre Castlebar. Co. Mayo. In 2014 she had an individual show at Negativa Moderna, Archer, FL, U.S.A. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Ireland and the UK. Her work is in the collections of the Visual Artist Ireland (VAI ) and the Office of Public Works along with a number of selected private collections. She is a member of Visual Artist Ireland,126 gallery, Greenway Artists Initiative and Artspace studios Galway.