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Sep 01, 2016
It was a great pleasure to paint a work for the cover image of my friend Sanita Fejzic’s first published book. Sanita is a young writer from Bosnia who lives in Ottawa. She writes in English. Psychomachia is her first novella (between a short-story and a novel in terms of length) published by Quattro Books.
The word « psychomachia » refers to the struggle of vices and virtues inside an individual. At the center of the story, a woman, after a deep family trauma, finds herself in a situation unheard of where vengeance makes her derail in the most electrifying way. Sanita describes with details the events that will lead to a night during which aggressor and victim will exchange parts. Like a Virginia Woolf on Instagram, Sanita weaves, with great sensitivity, a breathtaking thriller with serious moral implications.
Judith, oil and goldleaf on linen, 92cmX76cm, 2015, private collection
On my part, I painted a portrait of Judith, the main character of the story. I picked an expression similar to the one of somebody emerging from water gasping some air. An emotional distress. I used goldleaf to suggest a fractured face. The face, the identity, is cracking, falling apart. It refers to Kintsukuroi (or Kintsugi), a Japanese word meaning “gold repair”, which is mentioned in the novella. Kintsugi is the zen Buddhist art of repairing accidentally broken pottery pieces. Instead of being thrown away, they are glued back together with a gold joint, emphasizing their cracks, glorifying their imperfection. By this process, they gain additional philosophical value, much like Judith in Sanita’s story.
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The materials I use to paint are traditional materials proven to last for centuries by the tradition of oil painting on canvas. I paint on Belgian linen canvas and I mainly use extra-fine oil color (either ground in walnut or linseed oil) by Kama Pigments. My primer is also Kama Pigments' acrylic gesso. Visit http://www.kamapigment.com/index_en.html to learn more about my materials.
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I'm organizing a draw! The prize is a print of your choice, size 13"X19", on matt, acid-free, 100% cotton Hahnemühle paper. All you have to do is put your name and address down there and pray. Good luck!
The draw will take place Sunday December 3rd at 10:00 am Eastern Time. The name of the winner will be announced on my Facebook fan page.