"2022 was supposed to be the year of my success. I finished a new series of paintings, prepared for several exhibitions, my daughter made me happy with her success in kindergarten, but one day at 5:30 in the morning my husband woke me up. He held a frightened child in his arms and said with a dead voice: "Let's hide, the war has begun." Then there were explosions, a huge number of explosions, constant sirens, 11 days of life in a tiny bathroom - 1.5 square meters, where I sat, my husband, a child and our two dogs. My daughter slept right in the bathroom in a pile of pillows, and my husband and I slept sitting on the floor. Although there was no sleep ... and still not, we were then forced to drop everything and run away from Kyiv. To fit in the car, we could not take most things. One bag for all of us. Our whole life in one backpack.
My bird in the painting looks at how the sky, which until recently was blue, is covered with black smoke.
Near the bird in the painting there is a poem: 'Love your Ukraine as a sun, as a wind, as grass, as rivers.'" ~Daria Zaseda
Daria Zaseda is a prizewinning artist from Ukraine whose works have been featured in solo and group shows internationally. Working in mixed media, Zaseda focuses on women as one of her primary subjects in painting, finding purpose in revealing their psychological and social contexts layer by layer. Her work is characterized by this femininity and a great attention to detail through the use of intricate patterns in ink surrounding her subject.
Adelman Fine Art is pleased to represent Daria Zaseda and share her talent with collectors worldwide.
I always wanted to paint. But I wanted to do it in a modern way: I thought over my dream lazily, passively and even timidly. Why timidly? Because the following thoughts always flashed: “how can you paint! People spend all their lives to learn to do it…”, “no one starts at 36”, “you won’t like it”, “ you won’t manage it”, etc. So I kept on dreaming until one day of March 19, 2015, when I came to an art supply store and asked “Give me everything I need for oil painting”. Since then, my life has changed once and for all. I am a self-taught artist and I started very late, so I realized that I needed to study and work several times harder than those who gained an art education. Today all my life without the rest is painting.
Being an artist, I constantly move from one interesting object to another, learning and trying to convey the learned ones. I tried to express different directions and subjects of contemporary and fine art on canvas, but two issues always remain interesting for me, changing only the form – the possibilities of colors and …women. Color in my works – God and Lord, only with it, without additional forms, I can say about happiness and pain, depression or delight. I am convinced that today the art is excessively attached to the words, exhaustively explaining the viewer the essence of works and leaving the viewer no room for inner spiritual work, which he or she invariably does when trying to make their own judgment towards the picture. That is why I often prefer to talk simply with color, not prompting the viewer “the right” answers on questions “what is this work about?”. The search for color combinations, my own color mixtures, new meanings of old color palettes – these are my tasks for the coming years of work and my main ambition as an artist.
Women are the ones I never get tired of “talking” about in my paintings. The theme of the woman and her self-awareness in the psychological and social context is my “onion”, where I carefully peel layer by layer, wanting to reach the very core. A beautiful woman, a sad woman, a suffering woman, a woman in search, a witch woman, a mother woman…thousands of ways to say the word woman, thousands of ways to fill this word with meanings on canvas. I am convinced that nothing in the modern world requires more attention than the search for woman’s self-identification, the revelation of woman’s potential and the art can make a serious contribution to this study.
I have works that are made with acrylic, enamel pint, coal, ink, watercolor and other materials, but oil is a kind of paint which expressiveness cannot overshadow any other material for me. Oil is similar to my favorite element – water: it can be soft and hard, gentle and sharp, bright spot and subtle hint of color.
I prefer an expressionist approach in my works: emotional, honest, sharp, so the palette knife is the best tool for my self-expression. Of course, I have works done with brushes or even fingers, but my signature artistic handwriting is presented by large strokes and color transitions created with my palette knife.
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