[Socrat] – Irina Sigitova


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Socrat, with its large, childlike eyes dripping with vivid colors, stands amidst a surreal garden of flowers, a visual feast that juxtaposes vibrancy with a hint of darkness. The dripping paint from the eyes could represent tears, suggesting a profound sadness or pain, a nod to the lingering psychological scars from events such as the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This character, while ostensibly cheerful and endearing, could be a metaphor for the Japanese spirit post-World War II—beaten but resilient, compelled to smile despite profound grief and trauma. In Japanese art, “kawaii” is often a multi-layered emotional concept that, while commonly translating to “cute” or “adorable,” carries with it a spectrum of meanings that can also encompass an element of the grotesque or the unsettling. Sigitova’s creation delves into the duality of kawaii, portraying a character that at first glance exudes an innocent charm but upon closer inspection reveals potential for a more sinister narrative.

• About artist: Irina Sigitova


Dimensions:125 × 125 cm

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Irina Sigitova, in her artistic journey, exemplifies this search for innovation and self-exploration. By transitioning from the realistic portrayal of characters to the creation of a series that embraces new styles and forms, Sigitova is not just painting; she is venturing into uncharted territories of her creativity and the vast expanse of her soul. With each brushstroke in this new series, Sigitova delves into the unknown, channeling the mysteries of her inner world onto the canvas. This is not a mere change of aesthetic; it is a profound exploration of new worlds within her. Through abstract forms and a bold departure from her previous style, she seeks to unlock the enigmas of the psyche and to give voice to the silent whispers of her spirit. In this artistic metamorphosis, Sigitova might be endeavoring to reconcile the seen with the unseen, the known with the enigmatic. It’s a dance between the conscious and the subconscious, where each color and shape is a word in the silent language of her soul’s stories. By embracing new styles and forms, Sigitova is not abandoning her past but building bridges to new vistas of artistic expression, where the discovery of each new style is a homecoming to a place within her that was always waiting to be revealed.

Socrat and Sapfo are profound visual explorations of the concept of “kawaii” that delve into the complexities of innocence juxtaposed with darkness. Both pieces present characters with oversized, childlike features that typically evoke innocence and charm, but are set against backgrounds suggesting deeper, more unsettling narratives.”Socrat” is a visual commentary on post-war Japanese culture, embodying the tension between a forced smile and internal turmoil. The character is set amid a vibrant yet disturbing flora, with colors dripping from its eyes, potentially representing tears of historical trauma.”Sapfo,” on the other hand, is depicted with mouse-like ears and a helmet adorned with cheerful motifs, symbolizing a shield against the overwhelming chaos of modern life.

Her expression is vacant yet deep, reflecting the overstimulation and fragility of the modern psyche. Both artworks utilize a mix of mediums to create a textured, chaotic backdrop that contrasts with the seemingly simple and cute characters. This contrast speaks to the artists’ thematic interest in the duality of external appearances versus internal experiences, particularly in the context of societal pressures and historical traumas. Sigitova’s characters are thus not merely representations of “kawaii” but are instead complex embodiments of the struggle to reconcile beauty and innocence with the darker aspects of reality.

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