Art by Andrea Blanar
Andrea Blanar usually sets up the pictorial spaces in her canvasses by imposing a structure that resembles a window or a portal overlooking her landscapes. This construction becomes a symbol of passage from one world to another, the entranceway to the inner temple, the border between sacred and profane. From a strict pictorial point of view, paintings constructed in this way offer a harmonious blend of the rigors of form and the lightness of touch.
Among her most striking works is a series constructed from materials that came from churches or sacred locations that have been marked by destruction. The passage of time leaves its traces. Here everything assumes even more meaning, adding another central preoccupation of the artist- the alternating destruction and construction (or reconstruction) - caused by wars, the passage of time, both in the exterior world and inside each and every one of us. Nothing is stable, everything keeps moving, and Blanar always sees the mark of the sacred in the ever increasing destruction and catastrophe around us, if only because of the extraordinary capacity of things to keep renewing themselves… perhaps the only concrete meaning we can give to eternity: nothing lost, nothing created.