[Over the next month, we will spotlight the Larissa Tokmakovapaintings that accompanied Mike Daiseyonstage nightly during All The Faces of the Moon. Each week new paintings will be posted to our Tumblr with a description written by the artist. All paintings are currently on display at The Public Theater. Larissa Tokmakova grew up and studied painting in Russia and moved to New York in 1991. She has taught painting at Ateliers Fourwinds (France), the Hebei Academy (China), and is a faculty member of the St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn. This past winter Larissa appeared onstage in PS122’s production of Kristen Kosmas’s THERE, THERE, which will be revived this January at On The Boards in Seattle. Editor of the feature films HORRIBLE CHILD and the forthcoming WENDELL & THE LEMON, she lives and paints in Bushwick. Her work can be viewed online at www.tokmakova.com.]
THE LOVERS: This painting was the first that had to incorporate more than one figure - a new challenge, since I’d decided early on not to change the scale, in order to keep the whole series coherent and the images themselves back-row friendly. Mike wanted the angel prominent, the palette evocative of fire. I’d never painted an angel before, never expected to, but I knew that for me, an ethereal blue needed to be in there. I wanted to greatly abstract the lovers’ faces - as well as suggest both an Infinity sign and a heart shape in the composition. Many parameters! I struggled with this image quite a bit, but in the end it was sort of a breakthrough for me, as far as finding a language for the series, the breed of stylization, especially in pieces that feature more than one figure.