Anastasia Russa

Joined Artfinder: May 2017

Artworks for sale: 22

United Kingdom

About Anastasia Russa

 
 
  • Biography

    As an artist, I am exploring the Lost Paradise myth with all its beauty, violence and liberation.  I blend our new icons of mass-produced toys, computer-game heroes and social net symbols with the meta-narratives seen in different Mythologies.

    In addition to Classical Mythology, I draw ideas from other traditions, for instance, ancient civilization in South America, as described by Levi-Strauss. These too may be juxtaposed with the contemporary PokemonGo game. Such a blending poses the question as to whether the modern world offers construction in decolonial processes or a new form of exploitation?

    The Gods and Heroes of ancient mythology have mutated and are now embodied in the virtual-reality of computer games.  These have become the new fetishes of mass-culture and have assumed their new "flesh" in the plastic of commercial toys.  Thus I am contriving an evolution of this subject-matter, and it is this that comprises my interpretation and representation of modern History Painting.

    As media for my art practice, I use traditional oil painting, but also experiment, to a considerable extent in a modernist way, by mixing different solvents and raw materials; using these to create texture as a distinctive background, an empty stage for my future figurative paintings

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  • Education

    2013 - 2015

    Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London

    2001 - 2005

    V.Surikov Moscow State Academy Art Institute

    1999 - 2001

    I.Repin Saint Petersburg State Academy Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture

  • Awards

    2014

    Best Student Prize, EWAAC

    My artwork Calcio was exhibited there

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    2008

    XVIII Moscow International Art Contest "Golden Brush"

    Laureate

    2005

    Youth Premium “TRIUMPH”

    Moscow, Laureate
  • Upcoming Events

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    Previous events

    Event: Burning the Midnight Oil

    Dates: Nov. 19, 2016 - Jan. 6, 2017

    Venue: St.Catherine's Church, Dollis Hill Lane, NW10 1QB, London, Dollis Hill Lane, NW10 1QB, London

    This exhibition was result of the Open Call for recent UK graduates

    Event: Per-Version of the Myth

    Dates: July 9, 2016 - July 28, 2016

    Venue: Gallery Gridchinhall, Moscow region

    What became of the ancient gods? Possibly one of their manifestations today can be found in contemporary toys, the ones that represent figures with supernatural powers, or distorted features, as Anastasia’s artist-statement has suggested?


    Toys are the new incarnation of the heathen idols from the pantheons of various nations. We can look at them in many ways: as tools of magic rituals, as described in modern fiction; as totems of contemporary ‘tribes,’ whose behaviour and acts should be copied; or as votive objects (now bought in supermarkets – but, anciently, bought in the artisan’s workshop) given to children, yet retaining emblematic... read more and mediational properties that have significance for the households in which they are placed? Some toys look like, mutants, demons, chimeras and mythic beings, fusions of various known creatures; whilst others represent superheroes, endowed with violent, destructive powers. It is as if all the gods and demons of the

    Event: Could a critique of contemporary consumerism also function as today’s History Painting

    Dates: April 6, 2016 - April 12, 2016

    Venue: Gallery Belyaevo, Profsousnaya str., 100, Moscow

    It was exhibition, Artist-Talk and performance

    Event: Solo exhibition

    Dates: May 2, 2015 - May 9, 2015

    Venue: Nude Tin Can Gallery, 125 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4JS

    It was the first exhibition and launch opening in Nude Tin Can Gallery

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Education

2013 - 2015

Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London

2001 - 2005

V.Surikov Moscow State Academy Art Institute

1999 - 2001

I.Repin Saint Petersburg State Academy Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture


Awards

2014

Best Student Prize, EWAAC

My artwork Calcio was exhibited there

Show more awardsHide

2008

XVIII Moscow International Art Contest "Golden Brush"

Laureate

2005

Youth Premium “TRIUMPH”

Moscow, Laureate

There are no upcoming events

Show previous eventsHide previous events

Previous events

Event: Burning the Midnight Oil

Dates: Nov. 19, 2016 - Jan. 6, 2017

Venue: St.Catherine's Church, Dollis Hill Lane, NW10 1QB, London, Dollis Hill Lane, NW10 1QB, London

This exhibition was result of the Open Call for recent UK graduates

Event: Per-Version of the Myth

Dates: July 9, 2016 - July 28, 2016

Venue: Gallery Gridchinhall, Moscow region

What became of the ancient gods? Possibly one of their manifestations today can be found in contemporary toys, the ones that represent figures with supernatural powers, or distorted features, as Anastasia’s artist-statement has suggested?


Toys are the new incarnation of the heathen idols from the pantheons of various nations. We can look at them in many ways: as tools of magic rituals, as described in modern fiction; as totems of contemporary ‘tribes,’ whose behaviour and acts should be copied; or as votive objects (now bought in supermarkets – but, anciently, bought in the artisan’s workshop) given to children, yet retaining emblematic... read more and mediational properties that have significance for the households in which they are placed? Some toys look like, mutants, demons, chimeras and mythic beings, fusions of various known creatures; whilst others represent superheroes, endowed with violent, destructive powers. It is as if all the gods and demons of the

Event: Could a critique of contemporary consumerism also function as today’s History Painting

Dates: April 6, 2016 - April 12, 2016

Venue: Gallery Belyaevo, Profsousnaya str., 100, Moscow

It was exhibition, Artist-Talk and performance

Event: Solo exhibition

Dates: May 2, 2015 - May 9, 2015

Venue: Nude Tin Can Gallery, 125 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4JS

It was the first exhibition and launch opening in Nude Tin Can Gallery


 

Biography

As an artist, I am exploring the Lost Paradise myth with all its beauty, violence and liberation.  I blend our new icons of mass-produced toys, computer-game heroes and social net symbols with the meta-narratives seen in different Mythologies.

In addition to Classical Mythology, I draw ideas from other traditions, for instance, ancient civilization in South America, as described by Levi-Strauss. These too may be juxtaposed with the contemporary PokemonGo game. Such a blending poses the question as to whether the modern world offers construction in decolonial processes or a new form of exploitation?

The Gods and Heroes of ancient mythology have mutated and are now embodied in the virtual-reality of computer games.  These have become the new fetishes of mass-culture and have assumed their new "flesh" in the plastic of commercial toys.  Thus I am contriving an evolution of this subject-matter, and it is this that comprises my interpretation and representation of modern History Painting.

As media for my art practice, I use traditional oil painting, but also experiment, to a considerable extent in a modernist way, by mixing different solvents and raw materials; using these to create texture as a distinctive background, an empty stage for my future figurative paintings

 
 
 
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