Ever had the problem in handling abstract art, where you don’t know which side is the top? Tatiana L. Sougakova of Plainsboro decided to have fun with this idea, and created a series of artwork she’s playfully titled “flippables.” Her work can be seen at Small World Coffee in Princeton through April 7.
“I have noticed that people are often very unsure which side up is abstract art,” she writes. “So, unless you have a prominent signature in the corner, it is very difficult to read artist’s mind. Why not engage the viewers and let them participate in the creative process, or at least in the interpretation of the work, I would ask? Maybe it is possible to create art that would be very serious and ambitious during the creative process, but playful and joyful at the same time during the viewing (if the viewer does not want to read too deeply into it). This type of art would provide versatility in placement, and would look great in the personal space, remaining a serious work of art at the same time.”
Ms. Sougakova’s artwork has vivid colors, organic lines, shapes and patterns open to many different interpretations from the viewer. During the creative process many layers of contemplation and analogies are embedded in every canvas.
“Only a fraction of my work are flippables,” she continues, “but they are the main focus of the show at Small World. Not all of them are four-way flippables either, there some two-way flippables, the arrow on the back indicates the direction.”
Oh, arrows — it would have been more fun to guess.