Valentina Smelovan näyttely ”BREAD” Aatos Galleriassa 1. – 30.11.2021

Valentinan ihastuttavat öljyvärimaalaukset erilaisista leivistä saavat veden kielelle kenelle tahansa.

”The artist Valentina Smelova was born in St. Petersburg, and from childhood she loved to draw. Every Sunday as a child, she visited the Hermitage with a school group and other art museums. Already then, she admired the paintings by the brushes of eminent talented artists, and gradually absorbed the classics of Russian and foreign pictorial art.

However, the love of drawing did not develop into a real profession, Valentina has completed her master’s degree at LUT in the Global Management of Innovation and Technology program and now works in logistics. But art is still present as one of Valentina’s favourite hobbies. For the past few years, she has mainly painted in oils.

The idea of a series of paintings ”Bread” appeared suddenly. Bread is considered a staple food. A person can survive a long time on only bread and water. The moment of the invention of bread technology is an important milestone in the development of the entire human civilization. Whatever the grain, bread occupies an important place in every culture. Bread is such a basic food item that it becomes synonymous for food in general. There is a lot of symbolism in the image of Bread, it plays a big role in the Christian religion. In the scene described in John 6, after feeding 5,000 men plus women and children with only five small loaves of bread and two fish, Jesus offers people a different kind of Bread, one that will never rot, and would always keep them full. When the people ask for this bread, the Bible records, “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger and whoever believes in me shall never thirst”.

Valentina says that she has always been attracted by pastries and bread, not only by their taste, but also by the way it looks. When you look at the bread, you feel good and calm. There is something warm in your soul, the memory of a cosy home, relatives, a warm oven or a fragrant bakery. There was a bread factory next to her parents’ house, Valentina recalls that after a long walk, she and her sister loved to buy a loaf of rye bread in the factory store and start biting it before they even got home. They already knew when a new batch of bread was brought to the store to find it still hot. There is something special about bread, hidden wisdom and mystery.

Work on this series of paintings began in early 2020. Miraculously, it happened that at that time Valentine’s friend Claus Stahlberg, pastor at Borgå svenska domkyrkoförsamling, experimented with baking during the coronavirus epidemic, which gave a unique opportunity to observe this, draw the results of baking, and, of course, taste.

The variety of everything that can be made from flour is amazing. The series includes images of milk bread, croissants, rye bread, Karelian pies and others. This is not only a visual art, but bread paintings also awaken the feeling of hunger, you can feel the aroma and crunch of these baked goods. The premises of the cafe are perfect for the exhibition. Enjoy! Paintings are available for purchase, as well as mouth-watering postcards.”

Valentina Smelova

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