maria zaikina

Berlin based artist Maria┬áZaikina saw my post from last Friday {installation of two little colorful houses in the middle of nowhere}, and thought I might like one of her projects… she was right!

So simple, so pretty, and so… sad? I’m not sure what it is about this project, but it makes me feel a bit blue… and not just because of the gorgeous colors palettes that effortlessly tell the story of passing time. These are just a few of the stills from Maria’s animated film titled “LANDSCHAFT MIT HAUS”, and this is part of her artist statement:

…Melancholic contemplation during a journey is evoked by landscapes drifting past the window, where details merge into stripes and colours. The scenery floats past in front of our eyes, changing our mood or remaining as a background for thought, leaving perhaps just an implicit impression in the memory. Our eyes glimpse a house standing lonely amongst the fields. Is it one house, or different houses in different places that appear to be so similar? Is the house the destination of our journey? The place we long to reach? The future we dream of – or the past we wish to regain? However the composition always remains the same. How then to make the right choice? Is choice important and is it necessary at all?

A-ha! “Melancholic” is the first word in the description… she was trying to make me sad! The sweet, quiet music might be contributing too. Have a look:

comments (11)

  1. Zandra Zuraw /// 02.05.2014 /// 7:30am

    Hi there,
    First, I adore your blog! Second, I love these two posts that feature houses. My husband and I are also really drawn to abstract depictions of homes and we bought one by Sandra Pratt a few years ago. Here’s one of her current pieces:, in case you’d like to see.

  2. the jealous curator /// 02.05.2014 /// 4:16pm

    isn’t it just so lovely? that music totally gets me! : ) zandra, thanks for the link to sandra’s site… gorgeous!

  3. Amy GreenN /// 02.05.2014 /// 7:43am

    Wow! This is mesmerizing. I often think about how I might be able to translate my work into film or video, and this is really inspiring. Just beautiful work. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Rachaeldaisy /// 02.05.2014 /// 12:37pm

    Absolutely beautiful!!

  5. Erika Lee Sears /// 02.05.2014 /// 2:07pm


  6. Charlotte /// 02.05.2014 /// 2:16pm

    Such a sweet project, and I absolutely love that mission statement. There’s something beautiful and moving about an artist describing what they strived to achieve with their work, always drives it home that little bit harder

    Charlotte x

  7. Kathy W /// 02.05.2014 /// 5:39pm

    Just wow!

  8. rossana taormina /// 02.06.2014 /// 4:42am

    this project is so poetic, i love it

  9. Marijke Gussenhoven /// 02.06.2014 /// 4:49am

    Enchanting, colors like seasons and passing time, music perfect. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Artsy Forager /// 02.10.2014 /// 12:06pm

    These are so beautiful! Hubby & I took a drive through local snow covered hills yesterday and I was so intrigued by the juxtaposition of the colorful houses and buildings against the blankets of snow. These pieces remind me so much of that experience.

  11. Ayse /// 06.29.2014 /// 4:58pm

    …..moments of zen…!!!