Suspense is ‘Leitmotiv’ in the works work of Andrea Radai.
Anticipation and anxiety, related to our existential-, political-, sexual- and social fears, and the way this tension that can be generated by an image.
She explores the power of representation in painting, and she questions the potential of painting in a world that is engulfed by images.
She is interested in the relationship between the collective and our personal history. She uses images like photo’s, found footage, images from the media. Images that reflect reality. These images behold a universal aspect of memory. Every spectator can have their own perception. Each person can analyse and experience their own moments of recognition.
She searchs for a form of representation, or a technique that is most closely related to what she is trying to express. Each painting has its own handwriting and demands its own approach. The properties and limitations of the material are literally part of her work’s content.
She uses the space in and around her paintings. This applies specially to the extra large “Wallpapers” with their monumental presence, and to the extra small “Souvenirs” where tiny images form together a spacious installation. It is not just to define the painting’s external boundaries, but to involve the spectator in the work – to envelop them.
The viewer, influenced by their own personal history, relates to the particular reality of the painting, a reality not connected to a specific moment or event, but one that is universal and timeless.