The paintings and drawings by Julia Magdalene Romas are dealing with the theme of identity and the boundary between the "Own" (My) and the "Other"(Oni). The naive and surrealist stylistics underscores this exploration of the symbolism of primitivism - as a symbol of the unity of man and nature and the interconnectedness of fantasy, dream and reality. The style is therefore consciously in the contrast between myths, the native, naive ideals, phantasms of the "Own" and the content and societal relevant issues of the 21st century: question of identity, nationalism, ideologies, religion and the image of the "other". The depiction of Slavic myths, fairy tales, symbolism and social phenomena should be broken, reconstructed and newly conceptualized by the childlike representation, by understanding the "foreign / other / unknown" as part and as counterpart to the understanding of one's self.
The paintings are traditionally painted with oil paint, the materials change from linen to wood. The subtleties are carved in canvases with sharp tools and play with the contrast between fine color and formative lines.
Oil On Wood