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Artist Copes with Depression Through Powerful Paintings

Australia-based artist Margarita Georgiadis uses painting as a way to transform her visions into a tangible reality and as a way of dealing with her own emotions. After the death of her father, Georgiadis felt overwhelming sorrow and says, “My past and present simply vanished.” Rather than sinking into a deep depression, the artist began to explore her feelings in an attempt to understand the empty feelings of nothingness.

During that time, she began painting these passionate portraits, which suggest an overwhelming sadness and fragility of the subjects as they endure the fleeting moments of passing time. The artist's dark palette and soft paint strokes are a perfect match for the unhappiness that fills the canvas. As viewers observe Georgiadis' subjects, we become voyeurs, peering into intimate and private moments of despair.

These captivating scenes of uncertainty, filled with sad eyes and sorrow-filled gestures, suggest that we are seeing just a small piece of the much more full and complete story. The artist says, “Each of my paintings are like fragments of an unknown story, like a film still, removed from the sequence of the entire film; the viewer is only presented with one frame in order to evaluate and comprehend the infinite possibilities of narrative that surrounds each painting.” Georgiadis' paintings are so powerful that viewers can't help but linger, wondering why each person seems to have such a heavy heart.

Margarita Georgiadis' website

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