ANNA ROLSKAYA
Artist statement
Anna Rolskaya's paintings are driven by desire.
They begin with a hunger for colour. Hues litter every room of Rolskaya's apartment-come-studio. As she moves through her space, she will unearth a particularly alluring pigment. Often, Rolskaya is captivated by vibrant, luminous colours such as hot pinks and florescent oranges.

'I am missing bright colours from everything around me,' states Rolskaya. For the artist, these intense colours are filled with a joyful energy; 'when I don't have a strong, almost acidic colour on my canvas, I feel like something is absent.' After deciding on her first colour, she will instinctively build a palette around it.

Rolskaya received a classical fine art education in Russia, before becoming a successful typographer. Her Fine Art background emphasised new objectivity and precision, which she found creatively constrictive. Rolskaya's abstract work is a reaction against restraint, instead emphasising joy, movement, and instinct.

Colour inspires her movement; the flow of marks building throughout her body, until she physically attacks the canvas with paint and brush. Rolskaya, enthralled with the sensuality of paint dances with her canvas, luxuriating in sweeping arabesques, zealous swipes of the brush, and dynamic drips of pigment. She layers paint, building up sedimentary texture. The artist considers each layer of paint as a part of the painting's history, developing a narrative of exploration.

After this almost hedonic application, the artist will consider the canvas, deliberating where the draw of attention is. As a developmental tool, Rolskaya will often use images of the painting to progress it digitally, experimenting with different colours and compositions. This period of gestation can be lengthy, the painting clarifying itself over time. Once Rolskaya identifies the painting's accent, she will work to tighten everything around it.

Negative space is becoming more important to the artist's process. Rolskaya's instinct is to cover her support in paint, as she enjoys the feeling of movement a completely painted canvas provides. Now, however, she encourages negative space, finding these gaps in the paint provide interesting pauses. Her dynamic marks and vibrant colours are tempered with empty interruptions. This contrast of space and saturation, silence and sound, restraint and action, makes the energy of the marks and colours even more vibrant.