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Behind Opened Doors

27. November 2019

Behind Opened Doors

27. November 2019 Katharina

Hello and good to see you. Today, we will have a look a three paintings by Irena Kononova. They have a rather similiar motive and with them we will be thinking about where to an open door can lead us.

Meeting Point

Soon it is time…not already for Christmas but for Opening the Advent calendar. Do you have one? And then we start to open the 24 doors until Christmas.

Opening doors, we do this during our life quite many times. Real or invisble doors. However, what is behind these doors? Sometimes a surprise, like with the Advent calendar, sometimes something familiar and sometimes even something we do not want. This is also what the paintings of Irena Kononova are about. We will not look at them and take the following questions with us.

1. What do we see?

2. What is expecting us?

3. Painted ways – why does this matter?

1. What do we see?

Let us start with ‘A Corridor’ and ‘A Staircase’. A way going slightly upwards and a staircase. And then an open door.

In ‘A Corridor’ it seems that a hazy landscape is waiting for us. But what about ‘A Staircase’, can you see what is behind the open door? I see a yellow room.

Exit, Irena Kononova

Then comes the painting ‘Exit’. Outside there is water. And to our surprise, there is water on the floor, too.

What is expecting us?

Behind the openings three scenarios are waiting for us: the landscape – the familiar, the yellow room – the unfamiliar, the water – the threatening.

Where shall we go to, continue out of the door? Or is it better to return? We know these questions, we might have them from time to time.

And the paintings of Irena Kononova remind us of them. They do not give us a direct answer. However, they make us think of what we do with open doors and the things that wait for us behind them. How far do we go and how do we meet the unexpected?

A Corridor, Irena Kononova

Painted ways – why does this matter?

At the end, let us have a look at how these pictures are made. They are painted in a rather impressionistic way. That means that we can see the brushstrokes, the various colour fields and the transitions from one to the next colour. We see the paint and its traces. Due to this, we know this is a painting. And we feel a border between the painting’s room and our room.

And still, do you also feel that we are included in these paintings? Tis could be because all the ways are not starting in the painting, but in our room. They cross the border between us and the painting.

These painted rooms do at first sight not belong to us. But we can enter them. And behind their doors we find the familiar, the unfamiliar and maybe something we do not like. This could be similar to the Advent calendar. For a short time, it belongs to our everyday. If we are lucky, every open door gives us a little joy. And if not, then we hope for the next open door.


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