Volga Solak is a California based artist who has a unique painterly approach combining Photography and Printmaking. She holds a Master of Fine Arts and is a Teaching Associate at San Jose State University. She has exhibited her artwork in Minna Gallery, San Francisco, Rayko Photo Center,San Francisco, Incline Gallery, San Francisco, Art Ark Gallery, San Jose, and solo and group exhibitions in San Jose State University Gallery. Her work Yorganix has been published in Roots Division MFA Now Archive.
Review by Art Historian, Ricardo Chavez
Volga Solak’s artwork explores ways of transcending human perception. In creating her work, the artist ponders phenomenological questions about the ways human beings seek contentment and spirituality. These questions have ultimately led her to explore perception through consciousness. As Solak herself puts it, “One thing that differentiates us from the other living things, that transcends us to the willpower, desire, remorse, and the center of awakening of our souls is consciousness.” Abstraction thus becomes a recurring process in her art, as it asks viewers to exercise their intuition when perceiving these and other such themes through slightly distorted visuals.
Working mainly with photography and printmaking, she identifies art as a universal communication device. Her 2016-2017 Yorganix series of screenprints, for example, reveals the most important pathways of our perception, depicting the human third eye and heart that are the essence of all living things. These images, created using fluorescent ink, are abstracted in both color and rhythm, resulting in psychedelic visual experiences that can be viewed in both light and dark spaces. In the end, however, Solak believes the universal language of art cannot be perceived with our minds or through learned knowledge. Only through intuition can viewers truly perceive this language.
Solak hopes to evoke such a response from viewers of her own work. As an artist, it is important for her to form a bond of emotional communication with the rest of the world. As she describes it, such a bond “makes living lighter, breathing easier and brings hope, which as a result contirubes to the universal consciousness, goodwill, strength, and wisdom in the world.”