Sometimes the grandeur of nature can make us feel really small. That exact feeling seems to resonate in the colorfully whimsical, mixed-media paintings of Iranian artist Golsa Golchini. Each of her canvases feature an impasto landscape of water or snow, with tiny figures often swimming, surfing, or skiing through it. Unlike the textured backgrounds, the miniature humans are painted digitally and added to the canvas by ink transfers, resulting in a vivid, three-dimensional environment.
“My artworks are my way of communicating with the observer about the things of everyday life that we all have in common,” Golchini says. “Things we do, objects we use, emotions we feel. These actions depicted in my artworks are very simple like the cardboard they are drawn on. My aim is to immerse the observer into the work and make him/her see the world and everyday actions in a different way.” The small athletes who travel along the isolated dollops of thick paint seem to hone in on the sense of accomplishing something on one’s own.
“Although the artworks are simple,” Golchini elaborates, “they are usually expressing challenging situations. My work is composed as if it is meant to look understandable, but in the same way, they want to tell the most profound stories of all times.”