As a woman artist I have an unavoidable instinctive tendency to first of all address the queries about female identity and consciousness, and its relevance and impact in a contemporary context of dissolved values and ideologies, to reflect on the endless attempts of many "Little Red Riding Hoods" to leave home, walk through the threatening forest, swallow a wolf (and a grandmother)…and never look back... [Maia Naveriani]
Until now, the Georgia-born artist Maia Naveriani mainly dealt with images from her instant reality, from film stills and advertisement and images with documentary character in order to investigate the colourful but also 'threatening' sociocultural 'forest' and to find her way through it.
According to Naveriani, the large-sized colored pencil drawings from the current series are a result of cultural memory fragments. At the same time they are a nostalgic processing of life images, which the artist arranges in a different context and thereby creates a "post-real" open space. Quite often Naveriani's playful, collagelike image arrangement is an important means to new interpretation, as every image all by itself would be situated in a completely different area of analysis. Naveriani metaphorically describes her artistic work as a sort of alchemy: as an entering into a mystic terrain, as never-ending trials and errors, as the aim to create pure perfection and instead experience beauty in failures. Colored pencils in particular are able to create transparency and vulnerability in the drawings, which reveal the one and disguise the other layer by layer.
Maia Naveriani lives and works in London