Balancing between reality and dreams by Ina Mar

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A casual wife and woman, torn between her two roles.

Translation of Igor Shrayer’s digital artwork Cold as Ice, Hot as Fire for the purpose of SoJie 13 (Solo’s 13th Juried Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts)
Artists were asked to pair up with digital artists to create their translation of a digital artwork. Translated work happens in an open workshop atmosphere where works in progress are shared before the artwork progresses to the next stage.

Original digital artwork by Igor Shrayer

I like Igor’s idea a lot, because it is simple and effective. His image seems at a first glance superficial, the handsome, fashionable man with sunglasses in several colour variations, but it has a very profound message and captures the essence of this man. I love the contradiction between the fact that he is showing his several facets (red / blue, hot / cold) and at the same time hiding the eyes, which are the greatest tool of expression of emotions! Self-confident, with a rich emotional world but not letting anyone step too close to his boundaries.

I thought I would like to transpose Igor’s image into the women’s world and capture a woman’s facets. My idea was a woman in frontal position, the left part in blue and wearing clothes, the right part in red and without clothes. At the left and right parts, men’s hands pulling the woman’s hands, like tearing her apart.
As I was drawing this, I started thinking about what I really wanted to express. Is it a woman with two facets: cold and hot? Or is it a woman torn apart by the duality of her reality/duties versus wishes/dreams? Or is it the way a man wishes a woman: both loyal to her daily duties (family, work) and sensual/sexy?

I thought I would leave this question open to your interpretations.

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  • Philosophy Lee
    Philosophy Leeabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you for your nice comment, Philosophy Lee!

    – Ina Mar

  • LordTemplar
    LordTemplarabout 3 years ago

    Excellent piece Ina!

  • Thank you!

    – Ina Mar

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeabout 3 years ago

    Perfect Ina. I love your translation of Igor’s work.

  • thank you so much, Anthea!

    – Ina Mar

  • adambogusz
    adamboguszabout 3 years ago

    love this Ina

  • thank you Adam!

    – Ina Mar

  • Igor Shrayer
    Igor Shrayerabout 3 years ago

    Ina, I like a lot your interpretation of my work. There are the same roots but different messages, the same compositions but different subjects and the same choise of colours but different hues.

    “Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you imagine.”
    (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

    Excellent piece of art Ina!!!

  • Igor, I am really happy that you like it! I enjoyed translating your image a lot, because it has lots to say and can be interpreted in many ways! Keep up the great work!

    – Ina Mar

  • maria paterson
    maria patersonabout 3 years ago

    Wow Ina, this is so brilliant in its simplicity, such a strong yet soft image reflecting the dualities you seek to express, congratulations!

  • thank you Maria, your words mean a lot to me! I know that you would also have liked to translate Igor’s image and I am sure that you would have done something extraordinary with it! It’s funny that we were attracted by the same image, I guess our souls have a little something in common ;) Good luck with your next translation, if you are starting something new!

    – Ina Mar

  • Michele Meister
    Michele Meisterabout 3 years ago

    great work Ina !!!

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaabout 3 years ago

    You’ve done a great job on this one. Well done.

  • thank you Dianne :)

    – Ina Mar

  • AsEyeSee
    AsEyeSeeabout 3 years ago

    Ina, this is so powerful in it’s message, yet brilliantly soft and subtle in it’s presentation. Your work is inspiring and thought-provoking!! Congratulations to you and Igor.

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterabout 3 years ago

    What a wonderful interpretation Ina! I loved watching your approach for this translation! Your fin ished work is beautiful and thought provoking! Congratulations!

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