Maria Kostareva - Paintings and Art
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Maria Kostareva

Maria Kostareva

Moscow, Russia

"I use contrasting elements to convey the pulsation of his endless dance the figures and the space are engaged in: forming a single whole one moment, taking distance from each other the next. I don't draw from nature and the entire work has been done from memory. This way I ensure that the forms, having been appropriated and in a way transformed by my memory, have become my own."
I was born in small village in the Kalininskaya region of USSR, but from the age of 17 have lived and worked in Moscow, Russia. Moving from a rural area to the city greatly influenced the formation of my aesthetic viewpoint. Being an outside observer, I formed my own understanding of the position of people within urban spaces and was able to focus my art practice on making those mundane spaces and actions of daily urban experiences the subjects of my work. Even casual passers-by of Moscow’s many underpasses secure a place in her memory as bearers of meaning.

In an attempt to cope with the hectic pace of a big city, I strive for mindfulness through capturing and bringing to life those images that we normally endure only for a short while. I seek harmony between humankind and urban architecture, similar to the unity with nature. The composition of my artworks is based on the principle of an accidental photo. The figures appear on the canvas, just as they would to a human eye, only partly. The images do not unfold into a narrative: they are nothing but the moments appropriated from eternity.

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