medial 1. art biennial [2005]

Alexander Sutulov CHILE



1. Maritime XXXIX   2. Kaya Mahca I   3. Felicior Augustus I.   4. Fivia III, Roman Portrait Series  
















1.  Study XXXIX, Maritime Series

Digital painting : Work description: Maritime Series is based on an iconographic study for visual art project: “Chile: a Maritime Vision” which relates to navigation history in the New World from the time of Charles V and the establishment of commercial routes with the American continent. The project focuses on the different aspects which contributed later on in the 19th Century the development of Valparaiso as one of the mayor docking ports in the Occidental Pacific Rim. The carbon tectonic qualities in Study XXXIX are an abbreviation to subterranean ocean residues which contain shipwreck evidence of forgotten marine routes. In our collective unconsciousness lie all the bits and pieces of an audacious era where complete empires such as the one of the Augsburg house were built upon. 


2.  Study I, Kaya Mahca Series

Digital painting : Work description: Kaya Mahca, Sioux name in reference to the American continent or known land meaning: “Land of the Turtle”; is a metaphor to cultural convergence. The double profile like pattern (Gestalt) recreates an inner space where various forms of information is being transmuted, generating as a whole, a space of meditation and catharsis.


3.  Felicior Augustus I, Roman Portrait Series

Digital painting : Work description: Felicior Augustus, inspired by Titus portrait as a magistrate, late first century is emblematic to distinct features (broad face, high forehead, closely set eyes, arched brows, sinuous forehead creases, hooked nose, and cleft chin) which one observes over various monarchies throughout European history. The surrounding background is a composition of lilies in reference to the location of the statue (garden near Lateran).


4.  Fivia III, Roman Portrait Series

Digital painting : Work description: Fivia is part of Roman Portrait Series, inspired by roman portraiture naturalism. Although we may identify many periods during Roman history, undoubtedly the common denominator has been a persistence of portraying rather than a stylized ideal a more intimate nature of its endless dignitaries. Fivia is a reflection of Flavian archetype, expressing the serenity of civilization. At close observation we identify delineations of Mesoamerican figures which happen to be contemporary to Roman history. These figures convey the idea of civilization as a pendulum movement between occidental and oriental culture.