• Symona Colina

    Date posted: January 26, 2010 Author: jolanta
    Exuberantly colored in bright blues, oranges, pinks, light purples, Colina’s work gives the immediate feeling of a children’s book. Through the setting’s abstract forms she composes a fantasy-like playground for the characters in her narratives.

    Exuberantly colored in bright blues, oranges, pinks, light purples, Colina’s work gives the immediate feeling of a children’s book. Through the setting’s abstract forms she composes a fantasy-like playground for the characters in her narratives. Her figures range in form, from a shape analogous to human, to creatures that look more similar to insects, bacteria, or perhaps an anticipated alien? Regardless of their representative associations, Colina’s characters’ relationships and interactions definitely add to the complex plot that exists within each of her pieces. Maybe more visually intriguing than the figures within each piece are the intricate and involved landscape fixtures that serve as a sort of cornucopia of habitat and activity for her characters. Seemingly ever-growing, they flower outward, increasing exponentially in size with each outer layer. They pull the viewer’s gaze in towards their receding center. Often appearing curious and questionable, these forms take on a different feeling from the lively color and zest of the rest of the piece. At times they even translate an erotic quality with the central hole surrounding by the many folds and layers, often having pipes and beams, signifying phalluses, passing through. Upon first glance, Colina’s work is animated, playful, and seemingly child-like, however, with further observation it begins to take on an ironic transformation.

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