Exhibition of Catherine Belyavskaya "13 orchids for the Empress" automatic translate
с 16 Апреля
по 20 Мая
Галерея Файн Арт
4-ый Сыромятнический переулок, д.1/8С9, Центр современного искусства ВИНЗАВОД
I planted an orchid, / but I did not plant wormwood / I was born an orchid, / wormwood was born next to it
Bo Ju-i (772-846)
Thirteen orchids in thirteen pictures - freeze-frames of a creepy thriller! The new project of Catherine Belyavskaya has literary and historical overtones. It is based on the biography of the last Chinese empress named Tzu Xi (1836-1908), ruling for about 50 years. Since her youth, Tsy Xi had a beautiful appearance and a pleasant, sonorous voice, for which the people called her a small Orchid. The biography of Tzu Xi can easily be considered as a scenario of a terrible thriller, because under the angelic appearance there was a monster burned by three passions - a thirst for absolute, eternal power, a thirst for love joys and enrichment. However, these three passions of Qi Xi are quite relevant today. At the end of his reign, Tsy Xi received a second name for his cruelty and greed - the Dragon.
The metamorphosis of the beautiful Orchid in the cruel Dragon is represented by Catherine Belyavskaya. The scene of action is the Forbidden City. Painting "Screen" - in the foreground a lush inflorescence of white orchids as a symbol of youth and purity. However, the girl from behind the screen is wearing a BDSM suit, and a toothy dragon hides behind the flowers, he’s also a toothless, cheerful kid on the left casement. Young Tzu Xi dreams of power, to which she can come closer only by becoming the Emperor’s concubine. “Garden” - beautiful flower girls frolic in the imperial park, some distance away Tzi Xi is considering a cunning plan how to get around them all and get to the monarch, the evil dragon of her designs is gaining strength - the picture “Dragon” in which tiger flowers appear in the background. With the help of slander, poison, and bribery, Tsy Xi is admitted to the Emperor’s body, maids dress her in a beautiful dress - the Dress picture, under the dress all the same BDSM underwear, and in the foreground - overgrown, predatory dragon rings, white orchids recede in the background, black flowers appear ahead. Tsy Xi charmed the emperor and subjugated her power, the monarch gives her earrings - the picture “Earrings”. Subsequently, Tsi Si, filling the bags with jewels, just goes through them with greedy fingers, and wears only these earrings. Then Tsy Xi consistently kills both beautiful concubines, and the heir allegedly born by her and his wife and empress, and here she is alone near the emperor, only a broken branch of these flowers reminds of a little Orchid - the picture “Broken Orchid”, fear seized the palaces of the Forbidden City, In the foreground of the work is the eyeless face of a girl with her mouth sealed. The emperor perishes with a strange death, and Tsu Xi, proclaiming herself the empress, reigns supremely - the paintings “Chair”, “Hairstyle”, “Kimono”.
Strong young beauties appear near Tzi Xi, each of them, having saturated the needy empress with her caresses, disappears forever - the picture "Cigarette". In addition to sex, the empress also enjoys photography, she takes pictures of palaces and parks of the Forbidden City, never in her life without leaving its borders, but only driving around on a tricycle, the pictures “Photo” and “Bicycle”. None of the paintings can not see the true face of the heroine - all images of people are conditional. Only in the last picture, Belyavskaya depicts a true death portrait of the empress - an old woman looks at herself in a mirror, black orchids erase the past time from her memory - the picture “Black orchids”.
Despite the darkness of the plot, the paintings of Belyavskaya admire luxury and beauty. It could not be otherwise, because it is a painting! As a Chinese artist and theorist of painting Shi-tao (XII century) wrote in his treatise on painting, joy is the starting point and impulse of painting. For a person, emotional beauty is the surest source of joy. Shi-tao wrote about the rules for the artist - “his rule is in the absence of rules. This is the highest Rule. ” Without any rules, Belyavskaya in her canvases confronts different styles. The lush orchid flower is not only one of the four symbolic colors in Chinese culture, it is also the central flower of the luxurious Art Nouveau style of the late 19th - early 20th centuries. Looking at orchids and other objects in the artist’s paintings, one involuntarily recalls the short epoch of this magnificent style. But the artist Belyavskaya depicts people in a minimalist way - with black contour drawing without filling with color. People leave, epochs, styles leave, and flowers still bloom in gardens, sometimes whelping strollers walk in them.