Coming as an outsider to art Zelga quickly found her voice studying Fine Art at Masters level at Wimbledon College of Art and Oxford Brookes University. Her distinctive personal style explores our search for a safe space, the need for transition in both a psychological and literal sense and the role of hope in our lives.
Surreal composites created from found images seek to ask questions of the phenomenology of time using subject, line, trace and materiality. The figurative nature of the work displays a juxtaposition of inner vulnerability and outer strength; of hope and futility.
All works are replete with thoughts relating to resilience, attachment and our need to escape the past.
Works often focus on a mixture of solitary figures within a suspended narrative. They are ephemeral, present yet absent. Figures speak to the viewer through the confines of glass and acrylic. It is within this boundary that both the artist and the viewer search for their truth through figurative scenes of life in suspension, transition and solitude.
Ultimately her aim is to get out what is within, explaining “to make a mark on paper is the most peaceful place I have found and I have been searching some time” Layering, movement and repetition are explored using a variety of mediums which include pastel, acrylic, oil paint, gouache, stencil, screen-print, sand and charcoal together with life size decal on glass together as well as wall-based friezes and scrolls.
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