Artwork Description

Oil on wood, ready to hang.

Signed on the back.

This artwork comes with an external frame

Painted in the middle of lockdown, the subject of this portrait is my husband Simon, who was the only person I was able to interact with for many months. Added to our isolation, we were in the process of moving house and I found myself viewing him as a mirror of my own isolation. The title is taken from Avo Pärt's minimalist composition 'Spigel im Spiegel' , which translates into 'mirror into mirror'.

The piece is known for its long, sustained notes, sense of space and pathos. In Simon's expression, I wanted to capture a feeling of watching the world from afar. During the time of its creation, the world was going through a series of tragic events that exacerbated the feelings of helplessness that social isolation can bring about.

The painting is also a portrait of flesh and in mimicking the techniques of academic painters of the past, I wanted to mirror the jewel-like qualities that flesh can possess when viewed in real life, a response to my own inability to see my loved ones in the flesh.

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Medium

Oil on wood panel

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Framed and ready to hang

This artwork is currently framed and ready to hang.

It comes with an external frame.
Framed dimensions - 85.0(W) x 65.0(H).
Artwork dimensions - 75.0(W) x 55.0(H).

Loribelle Spirovski

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