Colours, shapes and symbols become vessels for my experience and that of humanity. In this "Core Estate" series, I divided the paintings into three groups - Dowry, Treasures and Ardour – to portray the treasures of my dowry chest and how they represent both the personal and the communal.

In moments of soul-searching solitude, I look through my dowry chest. This has become a comforting ritual for me, this glimpsing and gentle handling of treasures touching the core of my soul.

These dowry chest and its treasures may indeed be intimate, but they represent universal beliefs too. The dowry chest appears in numerous cultures. And its objects – scarves, tapestries, carvings and ceramics - along with the images in the paintings representing them – the sun and the spiral – vary in importance from culture to culture. Still, their use and sense remain universal.

All images and text © 2015 by Teodora Pica

dowry #4895
dowry #4895

acrylic on paper, 2009 36 x 48

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treasures #4894
treasures #4894

acrylic on paper, 2009 48 x 36

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treasures #4894
treasures #4894

acrylic on paper, 2009 42 x 36

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treasures #4896
treasures #4896

acrylic on paper, 2009 36 x 48

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treasures #4892
treasures #4892

acrylic on paper, 2009 48 x 36

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dowry #4913
dowry #4913

mixed media on paper, 2009 30" x 54"

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ardour #4943
ardour #4943

mixed media on paper, 2009 22" x 30"

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ardour #4942
ardour #4942

mixed media on paper, 2009 22" x 30"

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ardour #4938
ardour #4938

mixed media on paper, 2009 22" x 30"

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