Ophelia (art) - digital painting of a doll by Barbara Agreste

Mermaid - Drawing from the Pop Surrealism series, pastels on acid free paper by Barbara Agreste.


Drawing of woman with red hair, cards, snakes and hearts on dress (Poep Surralism Series), pastels on acid-free paper.

drawing of woman with fearful face, pastels on paper by Barbara Agreste

Drawing of Virginia Woolf face, portrait by Barbara Agreste. Pastels on acid-free paper.

Drawing of woman's face, pastels on acid-free paper, by Barbara Agreste.

 Ghost. Oil Painting of a doll, part of the Ophelia Pop Surrealism series by Barbara Agreste.

Painting of fairy Doll, from the Ophelia Art Series by Barbara Agreste

Painting of Doll with Snakes on her head. OIl on canvas by Barbara Agreste.

Painting of a Fearful Child's face. This art-work wants to convey a feeling of helplessness in children.

Earth: from "The Catharsis of Ophelia" series, painting of a doll sleeping, oil on canvas by Barbara Agreste.

Painting of a Doll on the floor, surrounded by Flowers. From "The Catharsis of Ophelia" series by Barbara Agreste.

Painting of a Doll as "The Catharsis of Ophelia" by Barbara Agreste.

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Painting of a Doll as a Fairy, from "The Catharsis of Ophelia" series by Barbara Agreste.

Painting of Evil face, oil on canvas by Barbara Agreste.

Painting of Stressed Man's face, acrylics on canvas by Barbara Agreste.

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Painting of child's face, acrylics on canvas by Barbara Agreste.

 

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 Barbara Agreste begun to make many drawings since the age of four: many of the illustrated fairy tales books she read during her childhood, and the animated films she saw in the 70s influenced her way of representing the human figure, and shaping the imaginary world she has conveyed on canvas and film. She was also inspired by the natural landscape that surrounded the house she lived in with her family as a child, which was built on top of a hill, immersed in a huge forest made of pines and oaks: an environment full of small living creatures that she figured as bizarre characters from those fantasy stories she loved in childhood. Barbara has always thought that the forest is full of mystery and magic, and that fairy tales and the oral tradition of folkloric narratives that stretch back in time has helped keeping alive a feminine world of wisdom and knowledge so much tied to nature, that was doomed to almost disappear since the starting of the witches persecution in the middle ages. It was because of this turning point of history in which the demonisation of women (and therefore the disrespect of nature) was introduced by an overwhelming misogynistic world, that today we have come to a way of using technology to manipulate the environment for profit destroying all life dwelling within its confines.

Twenty years after Barbara left that country place the beautiful village surrounding her Gothic house lost almost all the magic due to the fact that the trees and the green landscape in which it was immersed, were also destroyed. It happened because an abusive and excessive urbanization of the countryside brought an enormous amount of cement on those hills wiping out and killing indiscriminately all the existing wonders of nature and the fantastic creatures that had reigned there ever since.

Barbara believes that drawings, paintings, and films, alongside stories from ancient times and also all the literature that can help unfolding our past in relation to the present, have the power of making that world of magic – inextricably linked to nature – come back alive again, and help us seeing our planet in a more human and respectful way, possibly taking our thoughts in the direction of seeing our living surroundings as our friend instead of a frightening enemy.

Art in short serves a purpose: that of making us learn that the earth, if left with its natural state thriving with trees, is the only home that supports our life; art functions as the medium which restores faith in a better life of friendship and caring where there is room for all the creatures in the world, where animals are respected, and gardens become holy again, helping our contemporary divided, and poisoned world return to a state of cheerful health, with space for temples celebrating eternal and ethereal nature, and love for humanity as a spontaneous happy fountain of inspiration and solutions for a better future.

 

 

 

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Dolls - Ophelia (art, paintings) series by Barbara Agreste