Framed Archival Pigment Print On 300gsm Fine Art Paper
15 x 18 Inches
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About The Artist
This RUN includes a 2 inch ornate gold frame with UV-glass, foam core backing and ready to hang hardware.
"This piece is part of a continuing series that I’m doing where certain themes are painted on the character herself. Every girl has different symbols and designs on her body but no surroundings. She is naked in an empty space telling her story through the images represented on her skin. She’s the canvas in the canvas.
Most of the time my work is about things I love and am inspired by. This piece is an homage to stage performance using the classic symbolism found in baroque designs on that theme. For example, Marie Antoinette had theatrical motifs in Versailles.
I drew the character on the board in detail, using references from antique art collections and books that I have. My favorite is the Wallace Collection in London. Then I seal the drawing with a thin layer of gesso and paint a thin layer of blue under paint with watercolor." - Kukula
Kukula was born in a relatively isolated village about an hour north of Tel Aviv. Her few neighbors were mostly retirees, many of them Holocaust survivors. Her childhood imagination was nourished by equal parts princess fantasies and World War II horror stories. Thus the attempt to reconcile real life horror with fantasy life sweetness emerges as a central theme in her work.
After receiving her degree in illustration in 2003 from Vital-Shenkar, Kukula moved to the U.S., where she lives now.
Kukula’s paintings center on feminine, doll-like figures, often surrounded by objects with sometimes clear, sometimes obscure symbolic meaning. The work registers the influences of both classical European art forms and contemporary pop culture. In her figures’ poses Kukula recalls traditional portraiture, yet the style is manifestly modern and pop-influenced. Kukula’s compositions thereby disclose her personal struggles as mediated by a rich multi-cultural heritage.
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