Posts tagged surreal
A leisurely reflection on envy and its effect on relationships.
Color pencils on sketch paper
Finished in 2010
On a cold November day a very brave girl danced atop the cliffs.
Model: Denise Karlsson
Styling & MUA: Mariam Zakarian & Denise Karlsson
Photography & editing: Mariam Zakarian
Awesome assistant: Andreas Lenner
Location: Tullinge, Sweden
Digital drawing made with a Wacom tablet in PhotoShop
I warmly welcome you to my art exhibition at the cinema Zita in Stockholm, which will feature some of my adventures with surrealism.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with my work, you are welcome to check my online portfolio for a taste of things to come:
The vernissage will take place on 12th of May 2012, 17:00 – 20:00.
Feel free to bring your friends, family and lovers and to invite everyone you know to the event. Admission is free.
I look forward to seeing all of you.
The address is:
Zita – Folkets Bio
Birger Jarlsgatan 37
111 45 Stockholm
Metamorphozes is a collection of artworks by Mariam Zakarian, created in traditional and digital media such as oil, acrylics, digital painting and digital photo-manipulation.
Metamorphozes, meaning changes of form, refers to the changes in appearance, character, perception, function and essence that envelop our human existence and experience. From our thought processes to our emotional and physical reactions and interactions we are in flux as we attempt to understand ourselves and each other. These changes can be positive or negative, physical as well as psychological, but they are always present.
The 8 images in the series are the poetic manifestations of 8 different topics as interpreted by the artist. The topics range from death and ecstasy to communication, to the process of creation.
My first oil painting.
The title refers to the final resting place for the souls of the virtuous in Greek Mythology. It is also a reference to the term “The Little Death”(orgasm), highlighting the relationship between death and ecstasy. Her blue figure and explosive colors express the moment of climax and death. The flowers on her eyes are a play on the ancient Greek ritual of putting coins over the eyes of the deceased so that they may pay the ferryman Charon to sail them over the river Styx to the Elysian Fields. Normally, though, the dead only needed one coin as they would stay in the afterlife forever. This woman gets two, because she must cross the river twice and return to life.
References were used
Approx. 40x120cm, oil on canvas
Shortly after I finished the painting a butterfly decided to sit on it for a while. I’m not sure why it did that, but it was a sweet little moment.
A small piece about domestic abuse.
Pencils on paper
No photo references
Finished in 2010
Acrylics on canvas
Assorted references were used
Approx. 80cm x 60cm
2007 – 2010
Lilith is a character from Jewish mythology. She was created at the same time and from the same earth as Adam, unlike Eve, who was created from one of Adam’s ribs. Lilith was Adam’s first wife (before Eve), who is scorned and demonized in the writings, because she refused to be subservient to Adam and decided archangels were more fun. It was this treatment that inspired my work with the painting – why is a woman a sinner if she refuses to be passive? Should Lilith really be regarded as a demon or is she in fact a victim in the story?
The painting has many symbols from the Garden of Eden and various other associations. The larger image of the woman and the snake is mirrored in the center of the painting where the snake is eating the hummingbird (see Details).
Medium: Acrylics on canvas
Size: Approx. 120cm x 120cm
2009 – 2010
This painting is about traveling through music and is generally an exploration of adventure and wonder. The most important parts to notice is how the wire from the headphones turns into a string of lights that continues throughout the desert, but there are other hidden secrets. Geckos are said to bring good luck to travelers and the three geckos in the painting come to life the closer they are to the scene beyond the wall, blurring the line between the real and imaginary. Why are the trees levitating?
This is a painting about the process of creation. In many ways it is a personal attempt to understand and communicate events that I have been experiencing while painting or singing. Often I have felt as if I am simply the medium through which ideas and inspiration is expressed. In those brilliant moments it is as if you plug into something outside yourself in the ether, which feeds you enormous amounts of information -both factual and emotional. You no longer need to think or plan – you simply act. There is perfect synchronization between you and everything else that exists.
References: random photos of Maynard James Keenan. At the time I found myself being very inspired by his voice.
Medium: Acrylics on canvas
Size: Approx. 30 x 40 cm
About 3 months of work, finished in 2010.
This was an excuse to work with evolution and religion in a direct way. I love playing with anatomy, bones in particular, and I enjoy drawing wings. Also, I find the idea of merging man and machine fascinating and wondered about an alternative take on Eve. So this is the result of all of that!
Originally finished in 2007, but I decided to edit the colors and make them more vibrant recently.
References used for the face.
Adobe PhotoShop + Wacom Volito2 tablet
I’ve always been fascinated by The White Rabbit from “Alice in Wonderland” as I share the feeling that there are never enough hours in a day.
This is a mixture of digital and traditional media. The main image is a watercolor painting with color pencil detailing, which didn’t get scanned too well, so I started to play around with it in Adobe PS CS4 to see what would happen.
The frame is an edited version of a photo/brush stock
This was a heavily experimental piece, done purely for relaxation. It’s actually showing the front of the body while the head is facing the opposite direction, an attempt to illustrate ambivalence. The strings/staircase play a significant role as well.
Color pencils on rough sketch paper
A quick experiment I did one night.
Adobe PhotoShop CS4 + Wacom Intuos4. Painted in 1 layer
First, the background photos were taken, then the creatures on the walls were drawn onto the photo digitally.
Software: Adobe PS CS3
My final high-school project for art class.
Finished in April, 2006
Acrylics on board.
It measures 2,55m x 1,30m (roughly 8’4” x 4’3”….and I’m 161cm tall, you do the math) and took me 2 months of hard work to finish.
This is a painting about change and choices and creating and self-expression. You can let misfortunes drain the life out of you or you can use them to feed pretty things, filtering bad blood through pure white flowers.
A steampunk version of the Green Fairy.
Artemisia Absinthium is an ingredient in the liquor absinthe.
The model is my good friend Katrine with her pet rats.
Photo references were used.
Created in Photoshop CS3 with a Wacom Volito 2 tablet.
You can check out how this artwork came to be in this forum thread.
Finished in 2009