Madder Rapture

Madder Rapture

Lana Svirejeva-Hopkins

The person in my painting turns their head toward the viewer without making any attempt to reach out or make eye contact. Having the confidence to keep to yourself as you are is key for life as an artist because withstanding social pressures is the root of creativity. The creative act is an act of resistance against control. We live in a society that knows our movements through phones and people pretend to believe the information that they are given. A work of art does not carry information. Rather it is a voice in a domain; the techniques of which the creator is familiar with.

Here I will quote Deleuze: "A creator is not someone who works for pleasure. A creator only does what he or she absolutely needs to do." And this is what I meant earlier: In order to be able to do what you need to do as a creative you need to be bold. Often the artist needs to not be nice or normal. These sacrifices have to be made. This painting is an expanded portrait of myself really, it shows me, isolating myself boldly, in a rich, mad, and rose madder rapture.

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