Hot batik technique, involving painting with floral paints on silk, has always been familiar in the Crimea, and especially so now, as it is used not only to create art paintings, but even for making artistic apparel. However, some masters create unique works of art using the painting on silk technique. Work by Tatar artist Elmira Seit-Ametova, now on display at the Crimean Tatar Art Museum, are a case in point.
Each of her works, art critics say, combines magic of the Crimean Tatar national ornament and lightness of Oriental patterns, because, having mastered the traditional Crimean Tatar artistic cloth painting style, Seit-Ametova then studied at a batik school in the Center of Further Artistic Education, mentored by masters on the Indonesian island of Java. Learning new techniques and combining new and traditional styles of painting produced new effects. Few batik artists can boast success in genres such as still life, for example. Seit-Ametova’s still lifes are both natural derivatives of the Crimean Tatar national ornamental style and original art paintings. One feels the glow of plant colors and transparency of watercolor when looking at them as they frame an unusual reflection of people’s everyday life and work in brilliant national ornament. The exhibition will run until the end of January.