Ira Niero Marušič: Lido
In their essence, the paintings of Ira Niero Marušič are highly biographical. They do not draw on the hypothetical, but rather depict the little moments, the fleeting episodes from the author’s life, which have, mostly positively, marked her, surprised her, and/or delighted her. However, despite this biographical note the works are not narrative in nature, but appear as fragments; as tiny, often humorous quotations that subtly point to the viewer the personal moments behind them. They consciously remain at the level of allusion, without giving in to a clear narrative – in this way they create a particular attraction and stimulate the desire to discover the stories behind them. The paintings require the viewer to observe, reflect and use a touch of imagination, which can run freely and create multiple, but always subjective interpretations.
The author’s worlds on canvas are timeless, spaceless and frozen in a state of equilibrium. They are elongated fields of daring, living, flickering colors that create a sense of expansion and spilling into every direction – even beyond the painting. Minuscule, at times almost indiscernible figures occupy the spacelessness and fill it with action. They have a mind of their own: despite their smallness (or perhaps because of it) and because of the appearance of limitlessness, they are the ones to dominate the extensive color-filled landscapes. At times their power is loud, stressed by a dynamic, almost theatrical and ritual gesture (Biska), at others the figure is barely noticeable – from a distance just a speck of color emerging from the background, but revealed and unveiled at a closer look, capturing the eye with its curious mythical presence (Istrian Provence). The Earthmoon, which is in fact the image of a moldy lemon, carries an almost animistic connotation – an object radiating from a dusky background, which is earth and night sky at the same time. While the image itself is actually entirely static, a skillful play of the brush gives it a sense of dynamics.
All of the author’s paintings share a common thread of an extremely economic, clear, even lucid painting expression, parallel to their pithy contents. And even if at the first sight they may appear playful and are often humorous, they should be taken lightly by no means. The confident lines and calculated strokes of the brush; the tension between timelessness and the vibrating energy of the figures, as well as the reminiscent nature of a fragmented “narration” point to a highly susceptible piercing artist. Her paintings are pure joie de vivre; they reflect a great love for the painting process and radiate a shamelessly optimistic vitality — something one rarely finds in contemporary art.
Photos (Janez Klenovšek)
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