Artist Jon Kraja captures a “shiver frozen in time” with his surrealist works. Raised in communist Albania, the artist uses painting to work through his childhood memories of living in a world marked by cultural uniformity. Color strikes through the heart of this drab, colorless reality, infusing it with a sense of hope and disbelief.
In Moonlight 9, a bull dog lies on its side underneath a vibrant, cloudy orb separated by two, distinct planes of color. Lifeless and with just a dot of purple around the face, the dog seems disinterested in what’s happening above, denying itself the pleasures of the unknown. In Political Movement in Developing Countries, a colorless woman bends over with a twisted arm, caught on the precipice of two colliding planes infused with hints of blue and yellow, two colors the woman will never get to experience for herself. Infusing the work with symbolism, the artist shows us the complexities that come with resisting a powerful regime and the pains of living in a world without color.