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At the Bottom of Your Glass

Since the time of early Christian art, symbols had the function of expressing the invisible, representing the transcendental sense of the divine and exposing ideas that had to be understood by contemplating an image. In the digital era we currently live in, where technology acts as a “divine” extension of ourselves, the spirituality of the symbol is outlined in pictographic characters, used and known by everyone: the emojis. Such symbols have become indispensable signs of our everyday life, these “friendly faces” represent a quick and ironic way to communicate on social networks and express ourselves online. Recently, a new list of 230 faces was published, where the presence of the so-called “Pinching Hand” stands out. The icon of a hand with thumb and forefinger, which graphically expresses the concept of “small quantity”, to allude to our capitalist era.

The symbol of modern times is therefore superimposed on the classical and analogical image, integrating its meaning. With the series “At the Bottom of Your Glass”, the artist exhibits nine acrylics, where the emotions of inebriated man are depicted through emojis: “I deliberately chose to represent a glass of Martini because alcohol succeeds in unveiling our innermost feelings and in our society, emojis symbolize the most popular and fun way to communicate them”. By exposing emotions and playing with the stereotypes, Olga mixes classic symbols and new icons to bringing out the meanings, born of this shocking and provocative cohabitation. She combines the spiritual symbols of oriental philosophy with the brand labels and fashion icons of contemporary western and consumerist society. The artist questions the possibility of cohesion of two different approaches to life, offering the viewer the opportunity to re-evaluate today’s ideas and values to meditate on the past and present.

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At the Bottom of Your Glass

Since the time of early Christian art, symbols had the function of expressing the invisible, representing the transcendental sense of the divine and exposing ideas that had to be understood by contemplating an image. In the digital era we currently live in, where technology acts as a “divine” extension of ourselves, the spirituality of the symbol is outlined in pictographic characters, used and known by everyone: the emojis. Such symbols have become indispensable signs of our everyday life, these “friendly faces” represent a quick and ironic way to communicate on social networks and express ourselves online. Recently, a new list of 230 faces was published, where the presence of the so-called “Pinching Hand” stands out. The icon of a hand with thumb and forefinger, which graphically expresses the concept of “small quantity”, to allude to our capitalist era.

The symbol of modern times is therefore superimposed on the classical and analogical image, integrating its meaning. With the series “At the Bottom of Your Glass”, the artist exhibits nine acrylics, where the emotions of inebriated man are depicted through emojis: “I deliberately chose to represent a glass of Martini because alcohol succeeds in unveiling our innermost feelings and in our society, emojis symbolize the most popular and fun way to communicate them”. By exposing emotions and playing with the stereotypes, Olga mixes classic symbols and new icons to bringing out the meanings, born of this shocking and provocative cohabitation. She combines the spiritual symbols of oriental philosophy with the brand labels and fashion icons of contemporary western and consumerist society. The artist questions the possibility of cohesion of two different approaches to life, offering the viewer the opportunity to re-evaluate today’s ideas and values to meditate on the past and present.