Steli Christoff

ARTWORK

Circle

Steli Christoff

Circle

collage, acrylic, gold & silver leaf on canvas

31.50 x 31.50 in

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Steli Christoff
"I am inspired by Kandinsky's essays, whose theory of the immaterial aspects in painting influenced me strongly to this day. I communicate in colours. The memories, experiences, inspirations from my journeys are in colours, an universal language easy to comprehend, one which lends itself to various translations, too. For me, colour is an instrument, not a means of expression. My work mirrors my vision on life in an "adventurous" and colourful combination of lines, colour and light contrasts and elementary geometrical forms. Form follows process as I build successive layers of lines to abstract form a rich interplay of colour, shape and rhythm. A sense of space and movement is created. Through the sign-making process and elements of geometry and colour coalesce to hint at a self-organising system. This work finds direction in the immaterial energy underlying our existence – light contains energy which animates particles to form bonds that shape matter and a system of life. My collages are a mixture, "patchwork" of captured by the camera fragments from the urban environment, old and new tickets, postcards, stickers, flyers and other "found objects", using my specific "patina painting" technique. I stack up on them, I play with the scales, the volumes of the subjects trying to capture the mood of the moment, the motion, the rhythm of life as well as the trails of the past, the history of the place that remains. It’s an imaginary journey through the past and the present."
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