Marina Levitan, “COVID landscape”, 2020
oil on canvas
For me, painting is a tool that helps me understand the reality around me, examine it and communicate my understanding with the world. Reality, reflected in me, is internalized and processed within me and finds its way into painting. Because my painting clings to reality and its interpretations, it is mostly figurative, but in the last year, following the influence of external reality and my concentration on reflections and playing with light, my works have become more and more abstract.
I strive to find harmony in the simple things that surround me and show those things from an unexpected and interesting angle, to surprise myself, and with the help of painting to discover something new every time. I find poetry precisely in the trivial, banal things that we are used to not paying attention to. The biggest challenge for me is to capture that one unique, special and irreversible moment, and distill its essence, its uniqueness. If it is an ongoing work, in every “session” of painting, lasting several hours, I strive to capture the fleeting moment, to live it and understand it, to be here and now. I explore the home space and look for interesting angles and reflections that will inspire me. I scatter objects in the home space and wait until they reveal their hidden side to me – maybe when a ray of light falls from the window at the right angle.