Infinite Life – Internal Beauty

The “Study and sketch book” of Lolita Asil from the year 1996 is brought to life in “Infinite Life”. Here, Asil paints the idea of the human body. Befittingly with a Leonardoian look, she is interested in ideal forms within the human body. Human skeleton structure, muscular tissues, the circulatory system, and particularly the “nervous system” confront us with both ideal and aestheticized fashion and in a fictional reality. To put it in an ironical saying, the concept that arises as a result of these factors is the praise of “internal beauty”, “inner harmony” and “inner peace”. In her paintings, the human body, which was glorified to an almost divine level during antiquity and the Renaissance, finds its place on canvas again with a reverse or ‘internal’ look this time. But, this time it is made lonelier and has gained a more stylish and abstract form. Collocation of the abstract and concrete manifests itself particularly in spiral and fluid lines.

At this very point, Asil’s use of lines and colors becomes quite important. We know that the artist made her acquaintance with color after 1996 and that her acquaintance with the ‘line’ dates back to a quite older time. In this exhibition, Asil presents color as of secondary importance to the audience. This time, in all paintings, mixtures of seven colors turn into pale and cold colors, as if they undertake a devitalizing duty. While the dominant color in the bones is green, she explains the head to us in tones of gray and purple. Paint texture, which Asil likes to use, which colors delicate and careful lines and which can be felt from the outer surface, makes its presence felt in this series as well. Addressing the five senses is one of the things that Asil likes most, including the sense of touch provided by the paint texture she uses. The raised paint texture she uses while depicting distribution of the sound or bone tissues serves to depict the bends of the human body this time. Just like the tissue surfaces within the map, the human body has tissue. In other words, Asil maps the human body with the point texture she uses. Lolita Asil believes in capturing time and change. She projects the Da Vinci spirit to the real 21st century; just like a great master, she thinks that the balance between science and art and logic and dream must be developed. She explains: “In art you always need to discover something new. There is no final point. The natural result of thinking is change.” Asil, with her exhibition entitled “Infinite Life”, proves that she is one of the artists capable of reflecting what she thinks in her art.

Sanem Öge, 2005   

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