What is your background?
I was born in Moscow, graduated from the Moscow State Academic Art Institute and after visited one year philosophy and art history course at Institut of Contemporary Art in Moscow. During and after my studies I participated in exhibitions in New York, South Korea, London, China and Moscow. Further, I collaborated with film companies such as Smuggler and HBO as an art consultant.
What does your work aim to say?
Now for me, the topic of cognitive distortions is very interesting; searching for a new sense of time as a non-constant value; the theme of emptiness, as an integral part of the fullness of space; the perception of the female body beyond the erotic context. We live in a super interesting time with the world changing rapidly. Art always reflects reality, revealing all of the non-standard and new thoughts. I work with everything that raises passion and emotion in me. Before starting a new project, I try, as clearly as possible, to set myself the task of finding a solution, which I will work on in the future. I work with completely different techniques such as sculpture, installation, painting, graphics, and video art. In my work, I always start from the task and it already dictates to me the ways of its solution. I submit to my intuition, which is backed by experience and knowledge.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
We are living in the revolution times, which started many years ago, more than hundred through the “Woman and Socialism” by August Bebel, and the Communist Manifesto by K. Marks and F. Engels. And now, the story continues with Weinstein's harassment. All women who chose the artist profession are heroes. Even if their works are not literally feminist art. After all, a hundred years ago it was difficult to imagine a woman building a full career in art. Now the preponderance is still on the side of men, this is evidenced by the fact that works created by women artists are sold cheaper than those by men. But it is already clear that, very soon, this situation will change. I am sure that soon this struggle will lead to the fact that you will not have to call yourself a certain term if you are a woman and an artist at the same time. It is the fact that the consciousness of people have changing.
How do you feel/want to be/are perceived in the art scene?
I have some projects about the feminist theme, but it’s not only those questions which lead me to my art research. I think art has many different roles, it is not only a social mission. I think the main aim of art is discussing ethical problems. Art now is very different. This term is, on the one hand, a hypereallistic painting and for another hand, for example, ready-made objects. I see my place somewhere between painting and video-art. My artworks principles are based on classical academic art rules and on my love for the Renaissance. I always use this in my works through composition, form, and an object. When I analyze the visual line of my works these principals help me to understand the nature of the spectator's perception. From early on in my childhood, I had two favorite artists, Giotto and Durer. Now I have many other favorite artists. But these two always form the basis.
Moscow - Russia