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Valentina Dubasky

Without the slightest hint of overt pedagogy, Valentina DuBasky—an artist known for her evocative magical realist style featuring totemic animal images and lushly colored surfaces—has succeeded in conveying the critical need to preserve the tenuous ecological balances that guarantee the survival of life. Consider the collagelike structure that serves to bind content and form in paintings such as Rainforest, 1990, Indonesia, 1990, Nature and T Cells, 1991, and Blue Meander, 1991. Recalling ancient Egyptian painting as well as Persian manuscripts, the organization into flat interlocking sections gives the compositions an almost rebuslike appearance. However decorative the dark and light contrasts in Rainforest or the fluent rhythmical passages of blues, reds, and greens in Indonesia, the constructive handling of scale and opacity produce a decidedly enigmatic atmosphere. There is something

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