Volta New York: Natalia Ossef; Portrait of a memory
Cultural identity and memories of her native country play a central role in the paintings, watercolors and drawings of Natalia Ossef. Based on found photographs and postcards she reshapes a past in an abstracted figuration in light pastel tones where faces and identity disappear. Distancing herself from her own background and its values she seeks to regain her past through her works and reshapes her memories. The pictures seem recognizable as if we are looking at family-portraits without detailed facial features in which we can project memories of our own. Each work can be read as a chapter in a travel story that pull certain places and moments from oblivion.