The question presented to the viewer of the works of Alina Matsa is whether the artist likes to depict the natural environment or creates her own notional environment derived from the emotional weight that is ejected from her internal world. In other words, is she seeking the representation of the real, or the emergence of the subconscious and the mapping of the conceptual? It is true that the artist is inspired by the landscape, from the forms, shapes and colours that compose all the aspects of the material world. However, bypassing the challenge of understanding the visible topographic conception, she captures the characteristics that make up the identity of landscape elements. Through such a process the natural extends to the conceptual and the undefined and imaginary is constituted as real. Idle or active land, sea and sky interacting with one another through hues and tones or with contrasting rotations radiating a pictorial climate, where the natural coexists with the eccentricity of a decorative mood and where the shades of blue and green converse deafeningly with the transcendental gold or surreal crimson. Colour in the works of Alina Matsa is not apparent from the physical reality of the object, but emanates from the emotional mood of the artist who wants to convey it to the viewer. Her paintings do not seek applicable rules or rigid data. The artist moves with apparent ease through a dreamy world based on her own aesthetic values that exists in transforming reality into a vibrant life- inspiring theory. In any case the result follows by a methodical selection, the exploration and application of mixed media in terms of performance of chromatic and aesthetic values. In these recent works, the sea becomes a sovereign element creating its own legend. With her compound technique, where colour is built with different materials and where the marks are not limited to the use of brush or spatula, but are invented with expressive innovations, either by the imposition of various material elements or by omission or by scraping the surface, and adding texture and body to the task .The artist dares to paste small pieces of balsa wood in order to give perspective to a ship navigating towards the horizon of the painting. The seas either seen from above, or depicted into the vast horizons are expressed dynamically deep, distant, yet bright, familiar reconciling with the people who have been tied to this primordial element. The tension created by the strong chromatic tones, soften by the clarity caused by the incident light on the surface and the bright horizons showing the refined sensibility and technical skill of the artist. Nikos Moschonas, Historian and Art Critic 2011

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