Stas Orlovski – MIXED GREENS, New York
Born 1969 Kishinev, Moldova
The iconography of full moons, reflecting pools, garden statuary, songbirds, butterflies and flowers has long been associated with notions of nostalgia and sentimentality. I draw on inspirations ranging from Russian children’s books to Victorian illustrations, from Japanese prints to Dutch botanical paintings, in an effort to explore the sentimental image as a vehicle for personal expression. I engage the bittersweet, the quaint, the melancholy and the picturesque to depict a world of glorious decay.
Often I employ paper mounted onto a stretched canvas to evoke a collage aesthetic associated with collections and scrapbooks as well as to achieve a delicate ground that registers every detail, brushstroke, stain, smudge, tear and deviant mark. Using a wide range of historical materials, methods and techniques, these works attempt to recreate the sensations and mechanisms of loss, memory and desire.