Veta Bakhtina’s paintings and illustrations focus on themes of home, nostalgia, and manifestations of infinity in nature through the lens of a Russian–American immigrant. Veta grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the end of the Communist era and credits her exposure to uncharted nature, and tradition of heritage for much of her inspiration and working style. The artist’s principal thematic work entitled Internal Landscapes is an ongoing portfolio project in symbolic realism in oil and acrylic. The project explores interplay between decoration and low brow realism influenced by traditional Slavic Palekh and Khohloma styles. In this work the artist explores her trans-cultural experience invoking symbolism from Orthodox, Jewish, and nature based spirituality.
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