Sabina describes her life as a series of betrayals and her art is no exception. Sabina is painting at a time of extreme government censorship over both art and speech. The only form of art accepted at this time was “the strictest realism” which consisted of paintings most closely representing every day life with no paranormal or mysterious elements to them. Sabina, on the other hand, becomes inspired when a drop of red paint falls on one of her paintings, and begins a series of paintings called “Behind the Scenes”. Kundera explains, “On the surface, there was always an impeccably realistic world, but underneath, behind the backdrop’s cracked canvas, lurked something different, something mysterious or abstract.” (63) Sabina's paintings consisted of things we may see everyday, such as buildings or landscapes, with something mysterious and incomprehensible underneath. This is the opposite of what was acceptable art at the time as the communist regimen did not want what was “behind the scenes” or in the cracks to show through.
As I thought more about Sabina's paintings I wanted to find an example of what they may have looked like. While searching for paintings I came across some interesting images of street art. Although these images are not paintings, I felt that they captured the same idea that Sabina’s paintings would have. The world as we see it on the surface, with something mysterious underneath. These images helped me to better visualize the two themes or two worlds Sabina’s paintings would have depicted, which is why I thought that I would share them with y'all.