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Series "Longterm memory"


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Memories  from our past of where we were born, grew up and what we did form our identity. By preserving this knowledge, our memory helps us realise our identity and build our personal story which with the time becomes a global history. Without memory one can not find himself in time and space - neither in his personal calendar nor in the context of our common world history. Civilisations, countries and societies also have a historical memory which is preserved in the culture and the people. But these memories do get lost sometimes. 

 Memory is elective and subjective and has its own laws. there are some things that we remember clearly and precisely, there are other memories which we want to get rid of for our own sake. And there are also some that we promise to never forget. Many of our memories have been erased and continue to disappear deleted by the time. An old grubby photo, a hardly recognisable object or an accidental encounter bring to the surface of our conciseness long forgotten images like faces, objects, words which become the images of the past events. More than often we remember the things that touched our emotions, made a strong impression, for example a memorable  travel, an interesting movie, the first teacher, a class- mate with a scar above his eyebrow. We normally remember very well the information that we need in our daily life such as a bus schedule, a friends birthday or when is the payday. But Where did the rest go?

 Anastasia Georgievskaya works with the subject of memory. "Memory deletes everything unnecessary, scary or worrying, and what's left becomes really important". The artist has a degree in psychology. The mechanism of expulsion helps our mind to retain emotional balance and a wholesome picture of the world and carry on hoping for the best. Anastasia's water-colours only have what's really needed. it's the silhouette of a wife waiting at home, standing in the door frame. It's the colour of a boat, it's where your home is, it's how you cast your net, it's your dinner on the table. 

 The lights and the silhouettes which appear in these simple themes are people, boats, houses which are indestructible images in people's memory. They are valuable episodes of everyday life. It's the stuff the remains recognisable after any catastrophe.

The theme of lost memories is reflected in the artist's work- ones on paper, rich colours turn into watered-down, often shapeless, abstract images, just like our memories. Everything that's unnecessary or painful in the artist's mind leaves just like paint that gets washed away from the paper. 

Compartmentalisation of people's memories is highlighted by the way Anastasia's paintings are displayed, I.e. they are grouped by the colour scheme. Some of the forms on the pictures are recognisable objects whereas others are purely abstract and look like memories of an object. Light and transparent frames also add a special aura to this collection  which reminds you of those rare species that you have in your flower press.

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