Mixed Media Artist
Mixed Media Artist
Kiriaka Mar (b. 1988, Lanusei, Sardinia, Italy) is an emerging Sardinian painter who lives and works in Arzana. Since childhood, she has been fascinated by art and colours. After the university break and thanks to the pandemic, she was able to resume her passion and experiment with various artistic avenues until she found her personal interpretation of art. His painting is characterised using both conventional and recycled materials, such as Mdf (Medium Density Fibreboard), a pressed wood fibre board, widely used in the furniture industry. It is an excellent performing, ecological and functional material) and wood, but also uses primary and bright colours. His works draw inspiration from his personal social and historical background, characterised by the matriarchy of rural Sardinia. They depict women dressed in colourful Sardinian costumes and immortalised in various everyday poses. The faces are deliberately rendered anonymous to allow everyone to recognise themselves and bring back memories. The work Nannai is a eulogy to the relationship be-tween grandparents and grandchildren. On the panel, the artist has created a single figure, in a miniature and essential way, sitting on a chair and with a baby on her lap. The gold background stands out, in fact among the materials used are gold leaf, and circular figures hanging on the wall behind. These are probably plates or utensils that in Italian culture, and southern culture, are hung like paintings. With this work, the artist has tried to reproduce the feeling of warmth and joy experienced in childhood in a timeless golden halo. In the second work, Pintadera, we see more people. The context is more or less the same, only enriched with more colours and details. We understand from the architectural context that we are not inside, but outside the Sardinian house. Several universal values are incorporated in the work, such as friendship between women, the strength that women have and the symbol of the Pintadera that embraces it all. The Pintadera is used today as a stamp to decorate typical bread. In this image, the Pintadera represents birth, contact with mother earth, the sharing of a people. It is a symbol of new beginnings and light.