Pearl in Gold (3)


  • Original mixed media technique artwork on paper
  • Framed in an unmatted traditional picture frame with plexiglass
  • 2022

Chantia Malaja’s admiration for minimalism in art is reflected in her concentration on a single but significant theme: the pearl. The pearl symbolizes perfection, innocence and purity. As a carrier of feminine strength and values, it was a fascinating gem of desire in all times and cultures. With its unique meaning that shows a transformation of pain and duality into beauty and simplicity, it reflects a deep perception of the pearl as the remainder of our soul and spiritual journey.

Made from a living organism as a result of a hidden, painful thorn, a pearl shows that there is a kind of important mystery that cannot be revealed, understood or separated from life. Although the unknown is a powerful force that captivates the human mind that wants to conquer it, our incessant need to uncover everything can be harmful to the beauty of mystery. In her art, Chantia Malaja advises: “Leave the secrets as they are in the aura of mystery.” They are like a thorn, which is assimilated into life in the process of creating a pearl, a treasure of experiences. The unknown, although a foreign body in our understanding, is a necessary element of creation.

The visual and symbolic aspects of the artworks leading to a feminine sensuality show that the pearl of Chantia Malaja has a woman’s face to underline that womanly values are a real treasure that should be respected. This perspective, strengthened by the love for nature and spirituality, is a recurring theme of  Chantia Malaya’s art. Her use of natural elements such as a pearl, soil or fire combined with its spiritual motifs, creates a mystical atmosphere, which is opening a subtle individual space of the experience hidden from the senses, perception and mind. “See what cannot be seen.” – she says.

The rhythm implemented in art unveils the harmony which keeps existence as one experience. It is essential and simple. Although we tent to complicate the reality, know the secrets, weigh it and measure it with our minds and senses, that is not the most important thing. As Chantia Malaja remarks : “The pearl is important. Just experience the pearl without crushing it to get inside. Its beauty lies in the process of its creation”.

There are more things in Heaven and on Earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy. A mysterious artist reminds us of this truth by remaining hidden, allowing the world to revel in its own enigma through the beauty of art. Her anonymity helps to underline the universal meaning of the message. Let’s appreciate art for its intrinsic value, regardless of who created it and whatever its meaning, purpose and reasons are.

Chantia Malaja is an artist of mystery. In a world obsessed with self-presentation, she stands out for choosing to remain anonymous. She believes that “to know the nature of smoke, we need not concern ourselves with the nature of fire, which is the cause.”The identity of the artist remains secret to underline the universal meaning of art, which should be presented without any label, judgment or prejudice. It’s important to separate the artist from the art and approach each piece with an open mind, free from preconceptions.

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Dimensions 28 × 20 in

Modern Silver Frame

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