Escaping the monotony of everyday life through vibrant oil paintings of the magical and absurd.

About the exhibition
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My paintings almost always have magical elements in them and when they don’t, it’s the subject matter that defies the laws of space and time. I find inspiration in Gabriel Garcia Márquez’ magic realism and the works of Frida Kahlo, among others.

What inspires me about Frida Kahlo in particular is her honesty. The unapologetic way in which her paintings portray every facet of her life. That’s what I seek to do in my art as well, but I am less interested in the dark and obscure elements. I have my demons too, but I transform them and turn them into something humorous. Even when I paint myself ripping my heart out of my body and then holding it and looking at it, it’s the indifference of my own facial expressions and the absurdity of it all that I want people to notice, not the pain or the hurt.

Whatever pains me, I take it and turn it into something I can laugh about. There’s a whole world inside of me and my paintings are post cards from that place that I send to anyone interested enough to discover it. Boredom scares me. Above anything else, the thought of living a dull and ordinary life petrifies me. The colors I use in my paintings are my tools for breaking out of that vulgarity that a day-to-day life represents to me. Show me a bed, I see a crocodile – an obsession that’s kept me company for as long as I can remember - and a sea of flowers and creatures come to life. It’s almost like I need them to breathe, the colors. When I use oil to paint on canvas or wood, I never have a clear plan of where I’m going, but I always end up with something I needed to express.

While I use a variety of materials and processes, oil paint is my favorite as it allows me to change my mind more often and create more nuances between the different shades and colors. Ultimately, I want my paintings to move something in people, to inspire them to get up and change something, create something, break through their own limitations and deal with their monsters in a humorous way.

Fernanda Feher

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