abstraction

Abstraction in visual art. Abstraction entered the visual arts at some point in its history. Art historians have even pointed to one artist, Wassily Kandinsky. But even in representational paintings, there are abstract fragments. In common understanding, an abstraction is a painting that does not depict anything. But an artist cannot create from anything. He draws from his emotions and experiences.  Therefore, abstraction is a reflection of real phenomena. Jolanta Johnsson’s abstract paintings arise from her contact with nature. Nature is the greatest master of abstract images. She creates them from her plant structures, rain, wind, light, shadow, clouds in the sky, and many other elements. Nature’s resources are inexhaustible. Their richness is intimidating. When the artist tries to translate his sensations into the language of abstraction, he has to systematize them and compose them into a logical whole by following his own logic, his own language of artistic expression. There are many abstract paintings in Jolanta Johnsson’s oeuvre and they are just as important to her as her representational paintings. In fact, the artist can confirm what the famous painter Pablo Picasso said: there is no abstract art. His works pursued abstraction but in a way that always took reality as a starting point, and worked in a way that always left an imprint of the real on the canvas, despite its abstract appearance.

Jolanta Johnsson looks for simplification and a certain geometry in all her paintings, whether they are representational or abstract. In her non figurative compositions, she most often refers to fragments of nature she has seen.

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