Arts : Paintings : Anna Silivonchik
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by Volga Naskova

Anna Silivonchik is known for her stark individuality among young Belarusian painters. She is an artist that works in her own, unique, artistic style; creating a separate, special world filled with her own system of images, meanings, and her own universe of the sacred. In searching for subjects and solutions for her works, the artist reaches back to archetypal layers of her culture while maintaining visible ties to 20th century art. Thus, one can find the aesthetic sources of her inspiration in the whimsical realism of Mark Chagall, the naive art of the Primativist of the early 20th century, and of course in local, national ornamental art and folklore. Many various characters children, lovers, animal-people, bird-people, angels, lions and mythological being unicorns, sirenes, dragons populate the visionary world of Anna. It is a world of folktales from various nations. It is the coming-to-life of childhood fantasies and dreams.

It is a reflection of simple and eternal human feelings love, happiness, joy, birth; the never-changing laws of nature the day into night, the seasons, life and death. It is a reflection on the difficulties of human relationships, home, the family, the search for the meaning of life, and a conceptualization of the principles of the world's creation. Most importantly for the artist, it is the entirety of the world, a unbroken, deep tie to all of the elements. The unique and multi-faceted combination of images and thoughts, that Anna creates in every painting (almost always with a slight dash of humor), creates a strong emotional charge through astounding metaphors that give birth to many unexpected associations.

Working in the traditional techniques of oil painting, Anna strives for variety, experimenting with many production materials, including textured and patterned canvasses that are produced specially for each work and create a uniquely expressive, living language dominated by the bright voices of the paints. Her very delicate feel for color, forethought of line, and intimate details help express a distinct mood.

One of the artist's unique attributes is her skill at improvisation. A thought or an idea opens itself, and becomes embodied in this or that image, starting to come to life directly on the canvas, giving birth to new images, which may not have space on one limited canvas, thus creating a series of painting with each work as an independent, complete creation, and also part of a larger bold, unending world, where everything is possible. Here, the most unattainable dreams become reality, and simple, every-day items become symbolic thoughts.

This is the endless story of human relationships with the world, of the harmony and joy of life in all it's forms.