The paintings of bison and horses are pitched on the edge of abstraction and may be read as animal, abstraction, landscape, or still life. Inspired by my travels on the Silk Routes in China, India, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia where I researched Buddhist cave paintings and ancient art, my work explores the correspondences between ancient art and the contemporary imagination through thick, impasto surfaces of oil paint and encaustic.

In, my large-scale Birds of the Silk Routes paintings, images of birds are juxtaposed with symbols, plants, and pictographic marks within layers of strata-like paint to suggest a natural ecosystem in which all life is interdependent.

Valentina DuBasky
New York, NY, 2024

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