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22276c4b7dc85f90954dabstract longingforharmony 11x14

Longing for Harmony

11.00"W x 14.00"H x 0.2"D

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Anita Zotkina

BROOKFIELD, VT

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: flowers, modern, people, face, dream, surreal, energy, psychedelic art, psychedelic, surrealism, love, the parallel universe, universe, art, artistic woman, woman

Media: oil on canvas, canvas panel

Size: 11"W x 14"H x 0.2"D

Year Created: 2017

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Leaving the childhood behind with its talking flowers, sweet butterflies, kind people and adventurous animals, I moved into adulthood, where I’ve been switching between cynical and optimistic cycles, and something in between – I assume melancholic. During periods of melancholy through prolonged thinking and conversation with myself, I’ve come up with a conclusion: there is so much compassion, talent, beauty and potential for good within each soul that this world could be turned into a generous heaven for each leaving being. When I close my eyes I can see a mirage like image of the perfect place with talking flowers and butterflies and omnipresent love, and I don’t want to let it go.

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Born in Soviet-era Odessa in 1971 into a family of art lovers who encouraged her painting from a very young age, illustrative artist Anita Zotkina (anitazotkina.com) situates her visionary painting in the surrealist tradition. Writers of fairy tales such as Hans Christian Andersen, for whom everything is alive and has a soul, children’s author Kenneth Grahame in The Wind in the Willows, and, most strikingly, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in his classic masterwork for lone lost souls, Le Petit Prince, influence her preternatural and supportive dreamscapes. After attending a year of art school at the precocious age of eleven, where she sought to draw/paint “something wild” but found herself assigned to “vases, dry flowers, and fake fruits,” she “had to drop out because it was too boring.” Having immigrated to New England at the age of 27, Anita Zotkina today makes her home in Vermont where she continues her artistic career. When asked about her art she responds, “I love to imagine that I am an extraterrestrial being who was sent to Earth as a peace volunteer. Therefore, the main theme of all my artworks is love and the search for inner peace.” Using varied media ranging from thick oils on canvas to textured acrylics on paper, as Zotkina shades with charcoals and startles with pastels, luminescent beauty darts in and out, arresting one’s gaze. As the viewer explores detailed worlds populated with strangely sentient figures who seem caught in often subconscious spells of solitude yet communicate interconnectedly across works, she indeed finds herself undergoing a kind of interplanetary travel a là Kurt Vonnegut, another strong spirit guide for Zotkina.

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