Marina Savashynskaya Dunbar
My paintings are nature-based abstractions, composed through harmonious movement, material improvisation and layers of translucent color. The paintings bare resemblance to elements in nature while simultaneously departing from literal representations. Each painting seeks a level of reservation as well as an embrace of the unforeseeable.
My relationship with painting is very physical. In my process I manipulate the surface of each piece, granting the work a sculptural quality. I move around the painting, positioning myself to direct paint flow from specific angles. The process lends itself to the build-up of layers, capturing traces of time and movement. The practice is both seductive and uncertain. Fluid media is sensitive to its environment; a deep breath, a slight shift of focus, a sound in the distance all impact the process, causing the marks to sway from their predetermined path.
I was born in Minsk, Belarus and moved to the United States when I was nine years old. I studied business and art at Columbus State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2016. I currently live and work in Charleston, SC.