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

Diaries

Lella

 

Lella, this is a letter barbara has written to a friend that is no longer with us.

Lella

In the last two weeks I haven’t been able to speak to anyone about my feelings, nor to write anything, now I took the courage, and I’m finally letting out my thoughts.

I knew you since long time, but I only really knew your heart and mind recently. From that point on I never stopped dreaming about spending more time with you, never forgetting the happiness and freedom I felt the evening I met you by chance, and the potential of the two of us combined.

 

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Dark Pop Surrealism

 

Dark Pop Surrealism

 

Dark Pop Surrealism Blood

Dark Pop Surrealism

Dolls are surreal, dark and today they have come to represent perfect, endless, but also lifeless beauty. I must also add “voiceless beauty” too, since a doll doesn’t speak. I have used dolls several times in my images in the attempt to emphasize the fact that a woman in many situations is seen and treated as a doll. But, if a doll is voiceless, would images of dolls speak any sort of truth about them?

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Nigredo Blackness

Nigredo Blackness is a digital painting conveying the alchemical stage of blackness and putrefaction...

 

Nigredo Blackness

The Catharsis of Ophelia

 

Nigredo Blackness. Today I looked at some of my digital paintings from the Nigredo series, and I found out that many of them were left unfinished. I was especially interested in one of those images, the one that best represents the Nigredo phase, one that has actually a lot of black matter in it, an almost entirely black and white piece.

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Babel Tower Story

The Tower of Babel

Babel Tower Story, mixed media painting of a futuristic Tower of Babel.

Barbel Tower Story

The Tower of Babel is an interesting from my point of view. It was reported in the Bible (Genesis 11:1-9), and it tells the story of humans that once upon a time all spoke the same language on earth. As people migrated from the east, they settled in a land called Shinar which in the Bible appears eight times and it refers to Babylonia, a territory encompassing both the city of Baylon (Babel) and the southern city Erech. Babylonia used to be a great and powerful empire.

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Dolls


Dolls - Why do I like dolls so much? I suppose because they are creepy...

I love dolls.

If I could I would buy an entire collection of them: dolls of all kinds.

 

It was very interesting to discover that there are so many dolls out there in the market, just by searching on the internet I found entire forums on dolls, not Barbies, but many versions of the most refined, strange, and unusual dolls for collection.

Three years ago I bought a doll from Korea, a beautiful piece of art, and with it I made a lot of digital and oil paintings. I am still doing it, my research with the doll seems to have no end, I have infinite questions for the doll, therefore I keep photographing it.

 

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Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci, Barbara Agreste writes about Leonardo's art.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci ‘s art is something very precious to me. I could not do without one of his images (a drawing, a painting) here on my blog, is it because artists care for other artists? Is it because I wanted to look at such brilliant master of the past in the hope that I would learn something magic from his work? Or maybe I simply wanted this piece “The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist” in my home, up on a wall, like an oracle to which I could go and ask about the future, or prey and meditate in front of it. It is magic: what springs from Leonardo Da Vinci ‘s artwork is superhuman and expanding my consciousness into the wonders of the divine, and his way of seing the light and the shadows simply makes me say that it is the one and only to follow. For me Leonardo da Vinci is simply umbelievable. And I’ve alway said it is a brother.

 

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Filmmaking

Filmmaking - With an artist a film can become a world of wonder...

Filmmaking

Barbara Agreste’s Filmmaking

In my artwork I always alternate the figure of a real woman to the one of a doll. Reptilica is a good example of it: the real woman is always appearing in fast cuts, and close ups, small parts of her body, usually feet, legs and hands are shown in the frame.

The doll on the other hand appears in her entire figure: there is a rich variety of objects that can be put beside her, and it is very easy to create a setting using miniature elements, it also becomes more interesting to to look at weird reproductions, or distorted reflections of what surrounds us, like if the film frame and what it contains became a parody of the real world.

 

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Stop Violence to Women – Betrayed

Stop violence to Women - Betrayed Face, drawing of a fearful woman's face, she wouldn't expect to be...

Stop Violence to Women – Betrayed.

The last moment of life.

Stop violence to women. This drawing is contributing to the cause against violence to women. It is the portrait of a woman in the exact moment before death, when she wouldn’t expect to be betrayed in such a horrifying way as to be murdered…

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Chessboards

..Chessboards -The chessboard is a playground. Visually a floor with no patterns would convey...

Chessboards

The chessboard is a playground. Visually a floor with no patterns would convey the feeling of inconsistency: it could become a slippery floor, one with no reference points, no distinction between near and far, and maybe no clear divide between the sky and the earth.

The checkered floor indicates me precisely where it begins and where it ends, it also makes me recognize any of its irregularities, the lines that cross it make me be sure of bumps and holes, I feel secure on it, and I would definitely better dance with my feet on it rather than choose a one color floor.

 

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