New series: surREALITIES

Hello, long time without updates…

I am currently working on some artworks for my new series “surREALITIES. It will be a series of surrealistic/fantasy images using mixed media, namely a mixture of photography, drawing, scanned painting, photocopy, scanned objects, as well as texts or poems I’ve written. I am trying to mix not only media but also the mind conditions: realities, remembrances, dreams, sensations are mixed with daydreams, trances, virtualities and visualisations, till the limits between them are blurred. The images and accompanying texts have the hallucinatory quality of dreams, though confusing with the presence of trivial elements.

The first artwork I just published is called “Futile Attractions #01“, a dreamscape / erotic phantasy showing a woman suffering from hallucinations induced by desire. The image explores the  capacity of desire to transform reality.

The palette is suggestive to the human body (skin tones, flesh tones, earth brown, blood red, light pink) in order to give the image sensuality, a bodily presence, a human presence. Used the canvas as a container for bodily sensations that come to an explosion through mental pictures described by the woman in the text. The textures give the image a vintage look.

The object on the right top is a black chain, disposed in a way that it makes an allusion to both a phallus and an umbilical cord. At the same time, the woman is “floating” in an embryon-like position. This umbilican cord symbolizes her connexion to the beloved person: physical and addictive.

Futile Attractions by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media

Futile Attraction #01 by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media

    Futile Attraction #01 by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media, detail

Futile Attraction #01 by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media, detail

     Futile Attraction #01 by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media, detail

Futile Attraction #01 by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media, detail

The size of the original is 80 x 60 cm (23.40 x 32.00 inches).
You can buy a reproduction of “Futile Attraction #01” on Imagekind. Please avoid very small reproductions, because the text will not be readable and the texture effects will not be visible!

One of my inspirations for this work was Cy Twombly’s “Ferragosto” series, especially for the choice of colours:

Cy Twombly, Ferragosto IV

I’ll soon be publishing the second artwork of the series, “Your ocean”, in blue and yellow tones.

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