Lightness . acrylic and ink on paper . 10 x 13

Polina Tereshina


I am fascinated with passing feelings and short private moments of human interaction.  In particular, I look for the humor in our struggle for balance.  I find inspiration by looking both outward and inward.  From these observations I have developed a cast of characters who help me tell the stories.  Then I pose the characters out of context in a simple, shallow space.  I want to confine them in a moment, preserving the awkward that you can't put your finger on - a strange intensity that grabs you sometimes.  

I feel that painting on paper instills a modesty and lightness to the subjects.  Additionally, paper allows me to create even flats of color and I use elements of collage to push and pull the viewer's eye in and out of the shallow spaces of the painting.