Young Female Painter with Lots to Say and Achieve
02 May, 2013
Young Female Painter with Lots to Say and Achieve
For her, painting is not a mere technique of creatin g the pieces of art, but something more important. That’s why, one of the most prominent Georgian artists advised her not to leave the department of arts, as her style didn’t fit any frames. Kristine Robakidze followed this wise advice. Now she is an art historian and a self-taught painter but a very interesting one and nobody will ever dare to confer to her any limits and particular genres, as
her talent is limitless and her ideas and fantasy are endless. Her exhibition with the interrogative title “Angel, Where Is Your Shadow?” opened on April 28, at Georgian National Library.
She was born in Kutaisi 25 years ago and she has already participated in18 personal exhibitions. It is her second show in Tbilisi that features her new works, created during the last 6 years. Here you can observe religious themes, as well as samples of surrealism, abstraction, etc. “The technique gives me the chance not to repeat myself, which I hate,” she confesses. Kristine paints in tar and oil mainly. She also employs the technique of scraping on the photographic film. To her painting is the best method of relaxation, the best way of self-expression and something without which she cannot live. “I consider the day complete if I paint something.” She returns home late at night, and she finds consolation in art.
There are certain series. Wim Wenders’ “Faraway, So Close” has inspired her to bring angels and humans closer to each other. You can see one picture where an angel holds a penalty board with inscription: “For illegally crossing the border.” It is so touching. “We think of angels as of very faraway creatures and sometimes even hardly believe that they exist. I wanted to make them real. Once the writer Henry Miller said that it is more probable to think of our birth connected with angels rather than with molecules. He believes that angels are our pre-images and as time passes, we move further from them due to our way of living”. To my belief, the best thing this series of angels can do is to make us search for the forgotten angel inside us.
Another series is surrealistic couples; however, the painter admits that if earlier this genre was her favorite, now she chooses to be completely free from any ‘isms’, which gives her an opportunity to stay completely free during working. These couples are based on religious themes. It starts from Adam and Eve; it’s a constant search for another self, which is so complicated. You get an impression here that the one you are searching for can look so very different from you that you are not able to recognize him or her. It’s so sad and realistic!
Kristine Robakidze’s works have surpassed Georgia; her exhibitions were held in Moscow, Turkey and Vienna. The exhibition is on till May 10, at Georgian National Gallery and after that, it will probably move to Batumi.
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