Aniela Sobieski is fascinated by “the human impulse to decorate oneself”, a fascination that permeates every aspect of her portraiture. Reminiscent of both baroque imagery and contemporary fashion, Sobieski adorns women and the occasional dog with elaborate makeup and sculptural accessories that are conspicuously placed to mask the features of the subject. It depicts classic still lifes and sparse landscapes seamlessly directly on the actor’s face, often emphasizing the natural shape of the eye and covering the figure’s lips with a strong red.
Sobieski’s oil paintings show a symbiotic relationship between the subject and its lavish accessories: while a pair of daisies or a bucolic scene serve as an expression of identity and emotion, “the subject offers them an environment,” writes the artist. “I hope these relationships speak for the tendency of nature and the human psyche to mirror one another.”
Sobieski, who lives in St. Paul, has a solo exhibition at Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee, which is scheduled for this October. Until then, keep following your poetic works of art Instagramand get a printout of Etsy. (over This is not luck)
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