Pandemic, The Light Therein
International Virtual Art Exhibition Series
Ilana Visotsky was born in Sweden and was raised in Israel. She graduated from The School of Visual Arts in New York City with a BFA in Fine Arts. She has additional education from the Art Student League. Ilana resides in New Jersey, with her husband, son, and daughter. Ilana depicts a mood using natural light and a thoughtful color palate. Ilana's extensive background in the field of color draws upon her study of modern artists, particularly Matisse, Monet, and Van Gogh, as well as contemporary artists such as David Hockney, Elizabeth Osborn, and Peter Doig. She chooses her colors sensibly to dictate the atmosphere in her paintings. Her subject matter encompasses a variety of topics, including domesticity, interior spaces, and nature.
Photography is usually my initial medium that is later translated into paintings. When I take a photograph, I search for the magical moment where the light hits the object so gracefully and, in a way, gives it a new life. My painting style is composed of saturated pigments and visible brush strokes, capturing the essence of my subject. Moreover, I am interested in the study of color and natural sunlight and how the combination of the two dictates the specific mood. In my work, I aim to portray an image as something in between representational and abstract.
In my latest series of works, I focus on the juxtaposition between the interior and exterior worlds as well as the specific area where my private territory meets the outside world. This body of work incorporates themes of life, continuity, and hope through depictions of plants, flowers and windows. Just as light provides vital energy that a plant requires to grow, so too does outside light provide essential energy for the subjects and settings depicted in my works. Certainly, this time during the pandemic has forced us to stay mostly indoors; thus, the window provides a sense of hope — looking outwards to a better future — as well as light, providing us the energy to continue moving forward.
Metuchen, New Jersey
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A Green Corner In My Patio