Daugavpils, Mark Rothko art centre, 2020
Anna Fanigina created a collection of three pins PRIMUS, SECUNDUS, TERTIUS. Jewelry is made of silver, but the means of expression has become the interaction between natural and artificial materials – organic glass and semi-precious stones. At first the difference between the materials is difficult to notice. Pink quartz, aquamarine, citrine versus colored plastic is not so easy to determine on the first eyesight. The artist uses the color palette of the Pompeii murals, choosing the softest and brightest tones of the spectrum. The cultures of ancient civilizations, and especially antique wall paintings, which were a core value in Mark Rothko’s art, are also a constant source of inspiration for Anna Fanigina.
“When I received the invitation to take part in Mark Rothko’s exhibition, I began researching his life and work to find points of connection, and quickly realized how important antique art was to him. It also means a lot to me. I participate in archaeological expeditions in Pompeii every year and I have a unique opportunity to “communicate” with Roman frescoes without intermediaries. Gently cleaning the Roman wall and surfaces together with the restorers and being in contact for several days makes one appreciate the special coloring of the frescoes and the unresolved secrets of the technique. Time-honored they have an even greater artistic value and makes one fall in love with these walls for life.”
Three rectangular pins with delicate, rounded outlines stand for small, symbolic cut-out fragments of the ancient walls. They reveal the ancient trace of love as well as gratitude to Mark Rothko for another opportunity to delve into the colors and shine within light and power.