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MFA project 2022 -Polina Mihajlovna Chernitskaya
The Fear of Being Forgotten (The Self)
2021
Oil on canvas
173 x 173 cm

‘The fear of being forgotten’ is an attempt to portray receding of the present. The painting represents a ghostlike character that merges/disappears into her environment. Here, the environment is an ornament that originates from a curtain that was hanging in the living room of my grandparents during my childhood, symbolizing identity through belongings. 

In conversion from presence to absence the portrayal of the self is transformed as well, becoming a vague, ghostlike, manipulated phenomenon. A wildly romanticized essence belonging to the past without ever completely representing it. For the past can never be reexperienced or recreated only remembered.
Troika (The Death)
2022
Oil on canvas
173 x 190 cm
Composition ‘Troika’ has its roots in a childhood memory. I was watching a tv-show about a young prince with my grandparents. The prince, being a misunderstood character, didn’t live up to the expectations of his environment and was therefore referred to and thought of as a poor person. In the last episode he catches a sickness that leads to his death. Last scene of the show portrays the prince as he rides in a carriage with three horses through the skies. He shouts with happiness for he is finally free. This was my first positive although fictive encounter with death. I remember crying and thinking to myself: If this is death, I’m alright with it. In this painting I recreate the mentioned scenario although the prince is replaced with myself.
'You Can Make it Rain in a Room"
Master project 2022

This conception issues from the last car trip with my father. It occurred from a dialog about modern art: what it represents, how I relate to it, my future in this broad direction etc. I explained the reason behind mixed media installation being my preferred method for creating a composition.

"It's a freedom" I told him. “I do not have to relate to a predetermined frame or materials but rather work with an entire room and use it as a three-dimensional frame. I can create larger expressions where a painting or a sculpture act as a part of something larger, a character in the composition rather than a piece by itself. I aim to create scenarios that can be experienced with the whole body; for the viewer to have the ability to physically enter my composition. Does it make sense?”

“I think I understand” he answered. “You could for instance make it rain in a room.”

"Yes! Good example" I answered.

Later that year my father’s passing evoked the memory of this conversation, and I became determined, obligated even, to make it rain in a room. Our dialog and the struggle from loss evoked an interest in exploring my experiences further. The composition is a visual impression on grief as well as a symbolic gesture to allow my father’s presence at the graduation show, which was originally intended. The installation is a collaboration with, as well as a portraying of him. The aim is to create an elusive scene with the underlying subject of non-existence and a presence through absence of physicality.

The inspiration for my father’s notion and the aesthetics of the planned outcome descends from Andrej Tarkovskys picture “Stalker” (1979). Within this installation I also create a room at the heart of a forbidden area, a room that symbolically will make my deepest wish (presence of my father) come true. A room that cries/rains in despair. I become a self-announced Stalker inviting my audience to a private, forbidden, confusing scenery. Aiming to connect the viewer with their suffering of deepest desires.

Biography
Polina Mihajlovna Chernitskaya (b.1996)
The concepts of Chernitskaya's practice manifests through painting, text, and mixed media installation.  The process is viewed as composing of narratives and investigation of different communication forms. Aestetics of the projects takes inspiration from tales, cinema, and literature from different cultures. The concepts however originates from autobiography. Chernitskaya aims to establish an exchange between the viewer and herself; a neighbouring atmosphere that both parties can relate to and take from. The result is an ever-growing archive of visual representations and an invitation to discuss our mutual concerns; loss, grief, love, home and belonging. 
MFA project 2022 -Polina Mihajlovna Chernitskaya
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