Artwork: Esoterica – Sparks Gallery

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Russian born artist Evgeniya Golik’s very in-depth, pop-surrealist get the job done very easily activates the creativity of viewers. Her paintings and drawings are like doors to a mystical realm made up of a myriad of gorgeous human faces and fantastical creatures who convey their secrets and tales via symbolic language. Her penchant for hatch shading and meticulously rendered hair catches the eye just as significantly as the abnormal subject matter issue depicted.

Esoteric matter matter was released to Golik at a youthful age by her paternal grandmother, somebody she explained as “always delve(ing) into the holistic-non secular-mystic aspect of things”. Her grandmother taught her about medicinal vegetation, purely natural therapies, astrology, and fortune telling. This planted the seed of a lifelong fascination with esoteric know-how in Golik, who would examine these subjects in later on artwork. The catalyst for her comprehending of the application of these strategies, nonetheless, would not appear for many several years.

From the Artist:

The term esoterica signifies ‘things comprehended by or intended for a pick few’. Exploring historical esoteric understanding, nearly neglected and circulated amongst tiny teams for hundreds of years, seems to have abruptly turn out to be trendy in modern many years. I considered a great deal about the motive why… It’s not a secret we’ve been as a result of a challenging quite a few a long time, and it continue to feels like a rollercoaster. The planet is encountering a variety of disaster and transformation at the identical time, and when matters go mistaken, we at first truly feel shed, disconnected, and perplexed. We have to have to know what’s coming in order to get ready. I believe therein lies the purpose for esoteric knowledge’s current recognition: individuals are hoping to locate solutions, heal the worry, and get in-contact with on their own as a result of Astrology, Tarot readings, meditation, yoga, crystals, herbs and these. When the physical planet will become frightening and doesn’t give us any reassurance, the religious planet can present hope to endure. Only by getting peace inside us can we sense at peace in the exterior entire world. 

Considering the fact that I was a little one I identified myself leaning in the direction of esoteric expertise. My paternal grandmother often delved into the holistic-non secular-mystic side of points. Each time I got a prospect to shell out time with her in the region, she would instruct me about medicinal plants, natural remedies, and astrology. She utilized to do fortune readings again in the day, as well. On the other hand I’ve generally felt cautious about Tarot readings, as I consider one of the most essential aspects of lifetime is unpredictability, and I did not want to application myself in any way. 

About 8 decades in the past my spouse bought into Tarot. I’ve listened to him and viewed him perform readings, and it’s modified my viewpoint wholly. I’ve understood it is not as substantially about reading the long term, it is about asking yourself important inquiries and locating responses inside you. Reading the cards can be a practical manual, but it is these an personal brutally genuine conversation with oneself. Obtaining in contact with our true self can be a really demanding encounter, but it is vital for our enhancement. When you elevate a issue and you see Tarot playing cards in front of you as an remedy, you can’t trick oneself and stay away from it—you just know what it signifies, and how you definitely really feel at the moment—it’s like a shortcut to your subconsciousness. In the sameway, I feel like artwork has that distinctive ability to mirror what is deep inside of of us, creator and viewer alike. It can be treatment for anybody.

Like quite a few folks for the duration of hard instances I transform to spirituality in addition to psychology and artmaking. It provides me a elementary understanding that a single of the significant objectives in daily life is to deeply know, love, and acknowledge myself, so I can actually enjoy and take some others, as effectively as the planet we are dwelling in. It undeniably has an effect on my artwork and the subject issue.

Following finishing my Zodiac sequence a while again, I was approached by a publishing firm to create my personal Tarot Cards deck. I’ve been working on this undertaking for a although, and what I have finished so far is represented in the clearly show. Esoterica is made up of paintings on themes ranging from Astrology and Tarot, to religious insights through symbolism. These artworks have a surrealistic approach with aspects of figurative realism and normally summary backgrounds. I’ve utilised different methods and mediums to create these parts. You will locate oil and acrylic paintings, blended media drawings working with pastel, colored pencils and even liquor ink pours, as well as linocut hand prints. I’ve also made use of steel leafing on practically all of them—that has been my key component for years. European Renaissance, Orthodox iconography and fashionable society are consistent pillars of my inventive model.

I want to dedicate this Esoterica compilation of will work to equally of my beloved who impressed me: my grandmother and my spouse. Two of the individuals who motivated my lifetime and my id as an artist. 

My hope is that every person who comes to this show will be ready to resonate with the artwork, discover their reflection, and get nearer to comprehending their own inside worlds.” -Evgeniya Golik

Golik’s is effective will be on check out at Sparks Gallery from May 4 – June 30, 2024 with a reception on Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 5-8pm.