Tempera on Canvas, 120×90 cm.
“The Fairy Tales” series started with the painting “Zimushka” (Winter), tempera, 100×120 cm. The name of the painting isn’t random. In fact, that’s the name, the tender name one should consider for the wicked Snow Queen. She didn’t turn evil overnight. Her life was probably filled with resentment and dismay before she decided to distance herself from the world and turn into a cold and unreachable woman. Yet this is just a façade. On the painting, we can see a sad, exhausted, fragile, and incredibly lonely woman posing unnaturally… As if she is uncomfortable of having a flickering spark somewhere deep inside – the heat glowing like a slender hope and a fear of exposing her weakness… Here is my “Zimushka,” ambivalent and complicated.