Art by Olga Dudygina: International Art Exhibit
I explore humans, human connections, human spiritual beauty and ugliness.
Living in the promulgating sexism society, I prefer to think that we are not our bodies, but our minds and souls. The challenge is how we can realistically depict a physical face or body without focusing on physics, but presenting the creative expression of who we really are. To meet this challenge is the purpose of my work.
Oil is my painting medium. I work on a colored ground, that is normally a gold ochre or/and a permanent deep yellow. I use glaze and velatura technique on the smooth, thoroughly primed canvases that you can’t roll. Due to my works being quite labor intensive, my paintings do not usually exceed 1 m2.
My art world is often inhabited by bizarre human and supernatural figures which makes my work close to Imaginative Realism art genre (other terms: Fantastic Art or Magic Realism). Hieronymus Bosch, Heinrich Füssli, Arnold Böcklin, Mikhail Vrubel and many others used their imagination to extend the possibilities of realistic style. It is appealing to me to make a work of art that is capable of fascinating the brain, which tries to make sense of a scene that goes against all experience and for which it can find no solution.