Evgenia Luxenburg’s drafting and painting methods are grounded in classical formulae. She works in dry brush style using a dappled technique of lying different colored marks of paint side by side and by glazing with thin translucent layers of single color one on top of the other. Through the decades, she has maintained allegiance to water-based media and has invented unusual methods of applying absorbent compound on top of gessoed layers and in mixing acrylic and water-color paint with a granulating medium. In all compositions, she strives for tight details and precision on the main subject elements and uses an airbrush when suggesting the background.
Luxenburg describes her figures interacting with water or condensation on glass as a symbolic expression, a metaphor for a fatigued emotional state, a sense of alienation and the process of cleansing disturbing emotions. She describes her models as the vessels who carry her projected emotions. Most of Luxenburg’s series’ portray her moods and the psychological phases relating to the challenging periods in her life.
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