Plate 70

(19) Fay Valcanis – Red Fields

About this Artwork

Propaganda posters and images were one of the ways the Soviet Union tried to control its citizens. Such posters depicted the patriotism of the country with images of industrial productivity, literacy, agricultural production and welfare. They championed the Soviet dream.

In ‘Red Fields’ I have used print medium to reference a simple print style used in poster production, basic in nature with a somewhat rustic style about it. Here the tractor is bold and industrious, an icon of agricultural strength and represents the machinery imagery that was often used in Soviet propaganda posters around the 1950s. Circular forms in the fields reference the lunchtime circles on a collective farm. The hammer and sickle, symbols of communism and socialism rise like the sun, shining propaganda over its farm workers.

About Fay

Fay Valcanis is a visual artist working across sculpture, mixed media, printing and painting. Her experience in art management, cultural marketing and environmental education has led her on a creative journey exploring the connection between art, creativity and nature. Moving from Melbourne to a small coastal town in south west Victoria ten years ago facilitated a mind set change which allowed Fay to change her lifestyle, to travel, engage with the nature and, explore her creativity. She draws reference from the natural environment in its shapes and forms and the impact of the built environment around her. Through her work Fay explores the relationship and interconnections between the natural and non-natural landscapes and, the inter-relationship with humans . Her work often references political or social messages about society. Having recently returned to study Visual Arts, Fay is enjoying the exploration of traditional and new mediums in creating works that depict her experiences and her environs.

Link to Fay’s Art Aviso profile HERE
Fay was provided the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:

Volume 4
The story of the world and it’s people
Lunch time on a collective farm