The Toilet of Venus is on the short list of Untilted Prize Foundation contest
October 1, 2018
This work is now on the short list of Untilted Prize Foundation contest.
My recent paintings are about the life of Mars and Venus. I compare renaissance heroes, traditional plots of classic oil paintings and up-to-day situations, where Mars is my partner Max, I am the Venus, his wife.
This is the second painting of me in a role of Venus. The model is looking into the mirror, therefore, the work is traditionally called ‘The Toilet of Venus’. Previously the women-artists were not supposed to paint nudity at all, and the Venuses were only on male artist's paintings, were all about beauty and sexuality. The world is changing. I am looking into a mirror and researching my role in art. I am pregnant because it was a taboo in classic oil paintings and because it is not about attractiveness and sexuality, but about the sensitivity of a new woman artist and coming art ideas.
Another name of the work is Annunciation, where the model, like the Virgin Mary, is learning about her pregnancy and holding a book (sketchbook in life) in the hands. In the painted version the glass with water was added as the symbol of pureness (as the vase for a flower in the Renaissance painting).
The painting is also available on Saatchi Art.
70*100 cm, oil on canvas