'Untitled', 2020, ett konstverk av Sasha Sokolova
Untitled, 2020

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Series Title - Life Still

I am used to working alone in my studio, so quarantine away from people has not greatly changed my lifestyle, and the isolation itself has not put me out of my comfort zone. I am an inveterate introvert and I do not miss society. But what pains me the most is the impossibility of communicating with nature. Nature calms me, and helps me to be in harmony with myself. At the energic level, nature enhances human vibration. Trapped in 4 walls, especially in a big city, a person loses their roots. Literally. In recent months through my works, I try to restore this connection. Staying in the apartment, I turned to plants and specimens I have brought from other countries: eucalyptus, dried banksia, palm branches, etc. Without alternatives for models, it has made me turn to myself, to look inside myself and I integrate these plants into the portraits to supplement what I feel I am missing. Self-portraits have become a kind of therapy for me. I am exposed to myself in the literal and figurative sense, interacting with the colours of nature. This is a very personal series about my warm attitude to nature at a time when we all crave it. I also drew inspiration from this quote of Magritte - "Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see."