DITA LUSE

Siesta, oil on canvas, 12x170 cm
Light and time are in the centre of my work. I explore the way light brings out depth and atmosphere of spaces that I paint and I use it to create the sense of silence and solitude, something that people strive for these times. The shimmer of lights and shades reveal, obscure or emphasize space. But I am also interested in another aspect of light: flesh and bones, seen through the impassionate light of x-ray. I relish the possibility to stop the moment, to reveal the invisible. I see x-ray images as very private, for one can see deeper into human body with the x-rays than any other imaging, but at the same time x-ray is impersonal, it wipes away all individuality. In that fleeting moment of time bones become a pattern, an ornament. And patterns capture. Observing the patterns one can get distracted, lose oneself, or, quite contrary, experience the moments of awareness and forget about time.



The people, whose bone structures I paint, are alive. Still, the revealed bones remind of mortality, and thus there is the presence of lifespan, and of time. Because of the presence of mortality there is the urge to become immortal. It is natural that artists try to leave their imprint when working, ready to open their soul to gain eternity. But it is true for most people, and the evidences left may be very diverse, like, for example, the graffiti – all these scratched, scrawled, painted names, images, dates, promises, love stories - they also are attempts to secure the forget-me-not effect, to leave a hack in the eternity. I find it fascinating how people find significant places, to keep their names and dates of their presence there safe. The naive hope that by writing J+B their love will last forever, or the need to write I was here or some just as essential message is a cry from the soul to the eternity.

Earring, oil on canvas, 75x80 cm
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