Day 310: Hazel, by Natasha Bieniek

Natasha Bieniek Hazel 2012

Day 310: Hazel, by Natasha Bieniek

At first glance, Natasha Bieniek’s technical abilities cannot be faulted. Her exquisite miniature oil on wood creations, which do not exceed but a few inches in size, are executed with tiniest implements in smooth, barely perceptible brushstrokes. Every eyelash, strands of hair, intricate designs of draperies and the delicate stitching of embroideries are painstakingly depicted in minute detail.  The preference for subtle pastel tones is pleasing to the eye, and the glossy sheen of silks and satins is conveyed with great aplomb.

However, the matte softness of skin tones eludes her. This is arguably due to the fact that her works appear to be painted from photographs, and, as the result, most objects within the composition acquire a near-uniform waxy glow. The sheer banality of her pictures is also disappointing, as seemingly little effort or discernment goes into the process of posing and directing her uniformly expressionless models.

In this sense, Hazel (2012) is one of the stand-outs in the exhibition, as the fractured contours of the body and the crumpled sheet with which the model is covering her face suggest a modicum of emotional involvement between the artist and her subject. It is also a rare instance of the artist’s effort to offer her audience a psychological insight into the women she portrays, as we ponder and contemplate the emotional state of the young model.



[© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg 2012; where applicable, images are courtesy of the artists and their galleries.]

1 Response to “Day 310: Hazel, by Natasha Bieniek”

  1. November 7, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Great read. I’m looking forward to cheking out more comments later.

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Eugene Barilo v. Reisberg

November 2012


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