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Vojko Rizvanovic's avatar Vojko Rizvanovic

"They say it is easy to believe and have faith when things are going well. But can one have faith when going through trials? Personally, I have no answer to offer except my painting. However, when I think of my mother I must say “yes, one can.” Throughout her life she had more trials then a human being could bear but her faith never declined; it was all she had, and is now my main motive for this painting." "Keeping in mind that she wouldn’t be happy to see me taking liberties with images from the eastern orthodox iconography, I decided to create an art piece that would clearly be identifiable as the image of Teothocos, who my mother adored, and yet would not be completely in the likeness of the Byzantine or the western religious imageries." On the other side, being aware of the distance between the eastern and the western church and my desire to bring them closer to one another, I still wanted to include some of the elements and style from both. Such as : flatness, and elongation , or naturalism and three dimensionality. In order to give this piece a contemporary look, around the figure I pained flowers; different in shape and colors, some naturalistic in appearance and same even flat. "This piece is a nontraditional rendering of colored pencils and acrylic on paper with delicate design on Theotokos robe. Everywhere around the figure there are colorful flowers that almost encircle her. On the matting on her right, there are three symbolic symmetrical crosses that were carved and vertically arranged."

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: Colored pencils & Acrylic
  • Width: 33in
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 33 in