Alexandra Vassilikian Painter
Website powered by Valère
Alexandra vassilikian - french living painter, of Armenian - German origin born in 1946 in Bucharest, Romania In her work - paintings, drawings, pastels, photography, thematic cycles based upon a single motif studied over long spans of time - she tries to represent the interpenetration between the objective reality, her own subconscious world, and the transcendence of the subject.
Jean-Philippe Domecq – écrivain et critique d'art.
Moreover, considering the years that she spent in London, at the
invitation of the British Council, and the fact that at present, her
life is divided between France and Germany, with long nomadic travels
across Europe, and bearing in mind that she moved house 27 times and
survived the experience, one might be justified to say that this person
is rootless by profession.
And yet, like a planet orbiting itself, the stump goes on living. In its own way, it is weaving a new existence, in symbiosis with its environment. It is rooting once again. Thus, to observe it all these years, to try to understand it, to penetrate its secret; with the intention, precisely, of not having any, when facing the white sheet. Just to draw, to paint, to photograph over and over again this unique model with hardly perceptible changes, and letting in whatever wants to come. The stump, or rather its mental imprint, like an inverted Rorschach test, through a procuration-identification process, becomes the portrait of the artist.
More recently, she allows an increasing place to the analogical B&W photography and mixed media - a cross border research where the objectivity of the photography meets the subjectivity of drawing or painting.
Witness are the ensembles "Around a tree stump" 2006/2007/2008/2009 Once a year, in a single shooting sťance, the camera lens always at the same level and taking a photo every three steps, she traces a complete circle around the stump. These lines of views - such the constituent elements of a hologram - are intended to restore the subject through the layering of their retinal residues in the eye of the spectator.
* Presentation in the book Un coin du monde. Ed. Isoète