My name is Ivana a.k.a Goriana. I am a full time artist born in Slovakia, now living and creating in Kettering, England. I specialize in original, modern, folk, fantasy and surrealistic art in acrylic and oil on canvas. My exuberant spirit shines through each painting composition with an emphasis on thoughts, dreams and connection between body, mind, spirit, nature and universe.
The foundation of my passion for art is rooted in my childhood - never ending imagination on my adventurous walk through woodlands and valleys, and my years at Arts and craft school. My work has become an exploration of the way how our minds are
daydreaming and the world of infinite thoughts persists.
I am constantly studying the laws of balance and harmony in nature, searching to discover and extract ever more potent samples of beauty that will transform and improve the atmosphere of our living - spaces.
Everything that happens along the way, every emotion that arises, every new choice, idea or dream is an important ingredient in the final offering.
I 've started to explore new technique called Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting.
Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos). Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and varnish to fusing the layers of wax. Encaustic consists of natural bees wax and dammar resin (crystallized tree sap). The medium can be used alone for its transparency or adhesive qualities or used pigmented. Pigments may be added to the medium, or purchased colored with traditional artist pigments. The medium is melted and applied with a brush or any tool the artist wishes to create from. Each layer is then reheated to fuse it to the previous layer.
I connect deeply with the outdoors. Both, emotionally and intellectually my sense of place and our relationship with where we are resonate in my work.Places I've walked, hiked, sat, lived or imagined figure prominently in my work.Often they are places that are vulnerable somehow - to climate change, human intervention, invasive species.
I aim to preserve, remember, elegize places I love.
I work from aeral sources - satellite images and from imagination.
My next stage is paintery - making encaustic medium, mixing colours, using oil pastels, epoxy resin and other media.
The proces of my work integrates technology and nature, echoing my thematic exploration of our interconnected environment. Encaustic lasts for thousands of years with colours remaining vivid and bright, yet the surface is a bit soft and vulnerable. The result is final, works both durable and fragile - much like the Earth.