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The Choice Is Yours Painting

Elisa Rossi

United States

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 20 W x 16 H x 1 D in

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the Choice Is Yours is a tribute to liber arbitrium that we all have; in this painting a strong female warrior/poledancer is represented in the act of kicking away an abstract Shadow. I envisioned this concept several months before realizing the artwork. The final drop of inspiration came from a music video, 'Cellophane', by FKA Twigs. the body shape and the muscular lines are inspired by FKA Twigs body. Free will and choice as powerful weapons that I want to offer especially to women, since we historically and nowadays seem to have more limited choices. There is no a victim perspective here, reclaiming power and strength is a choice and is available no matter of the circumstances. I personally experienced a deep transformation thanks to the practice of pole-dancing. This type of practice requires a constant fluctuation between pulling and pushing, conserving and releasing, grounding and taking off the ground, sharp focus and surrender, calculation and improvisation, introspection and exhibitionism. Visually it renders greatly an inner search for balance and synthesis of opposite, apparently contrasting forces that result into a spiral step up towards growth. The abstractly represented Shadow has soft colors and blurred definition, beside the minimum use of black, to express the co-existence of good and evil in everything. It is not a demonized Shadow but a concoction of fragments that one must re-integrate.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:20 W x 16 H x 1 D in

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As an artist I like to experiment with different mediums and to explore both abstraction and representation of figures. My abstract drawings and paintings emerge spontaneously mostly, creating bridges between physical and metaphysical worlds, between what I see in physical reality and what I am feeling coming from subtle bodies.  My creative process fluctuates between subconscious flow of images, dreamlike states and structured execution. There's a tango between what I let free to flow and what I consciously choose to represent and render. My intention is to let the observer  shape his/her own dialogue with the artwork and experience it with the highest degree of freedom. I want to offer an experience, an occasion to connect with one's inner world. In my works I want to honor and remind of the magic and the mystery that surrounds us and hides in plain sight in the most simple things. The characters and beings that populate some of my drawings and paintings stem from dreamlike states. Metaphorically, they represent an invitation to embrace the unknown, the uncertainty. Watching the BBC documentary 'Turning the Art World Inside Out' profoundly impacted my reasons to paint, my practice, my core-drive to create. I am very inspired by the life and works created by Picasso, Jean Michiel Basquiat, Cy Twombly, Sue Williams, Marc Chagall, Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Otto Marseus van Schriek, Rex Van Minnen along with uncountable contemporary artists and unknown artists that I have been discovered online or in all possible places I visited. Some of my recurrent themes are the conflict/integration of opposites, paradoxes, nature beauty and diversity, representation of the human body with distortions who are generated by feelings, memories, physical sensations. Year 2020 has propelled my message around how to transmute fear, pain, loss through the power of art, heart, beauty way. #pain2power is the constant thread that I have found in the history and in the making of art, as from the deepest wounds of the individual and the collective sprout the brightest gifts and expressions and as an augmented-beauty is the antidote to a society that fuels fear and duality. Art has always been and it is now more than ever the best reminder of what being human truly means. My interview on ArtistCloseup published online on November 22nd, 2021:

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