The Alberto Peola Gallery presents Nistru-Confines, the second solo exhibition of the Moldavian artist Victoria Stoian (Chișinău - Moldavia, 1987).
Imagine for a moment being far away from your country and your most intimate memories. Which and how many colours would you choose to paint the internalized image of that place, that memory? With how much passion, delicacy or instinct would your brush approach the canvas?
Victoria Stoian uses all the colours, in their changeable and multiple nuances. Only rarely does she use black, which for her stands for tranquillity, night, silence, as well as lifelessness. Even the smallest speck of pigment on her canvases seems to possess a sound-like quality that appeals to the eye as well as to the mind. A veritable pictorial symphony – this is how Victoria Stoian describes her country, Moldavia.
Similarly to Tancredi’s The Hometown Diaries, Stoian makes use of a multi-layered, highly textured sign to narrate an abstract landscape deprived of a perspective construction. What gives depth to the canvas is the intensity with which the paint is applied. Delicate, tenuous lilac and sage-green crosshatches suddenly give way to a whirl of colour and matter. At first soft and delicate, the brush strokes become increasingly more abrupt and instinctive, thus revealing the artist’s emotional style.