Anastessia Bettas

“My abstract work examines landscapes and cartography. I am influenced by the topography of remote landscapes juxtaposed with urban sprawl and the loss of open space. I capture the energy and tension between these two geographical areas using grids to evoke maps, satellite images and the charting of imaginary territories. The grid patterns in my paintings, recall micro and macro observations of forms found in architecture ­– internal structures and facades ­– and patterns found in aerial views from rural to urban development.By using an aerial perspective in my work, I remove myself from the ground level and observe the imagery from an elevated view which becomes a form of escapism from urban life.”

“I work intuitively, painting lines across the surface using an average of fifteen layers per panel, scraping back and repainting until the desired patterns areachieved."

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