On May 4, the art gallery "Manufactura" presents an exhibition of paintings "Big girls". The author of the painting and graphic series is a young Ukrainian contemporary artist Anastasia Usenko.
In her work, Anastasia boldly experiments with various artistic techniques: graphics, engraving, monotype, watercolors, painting. At the same time, she diversifies their classical understanding with her own stylistic vision and author's techniques. The Big Girls series is the embodiment of her unique creative method and technical prowess.
With the presented works, Anastasia broadcasts a state of constant excitement in which a person is. Big Girls strive to find common ground with their audience through the play of shape, color and scale. Massive, almost monumental light figures, a naked female body, inscribed in abstract colored plans - in painting. The engraving contains laconic, monochrome, contrasting, sharply outlined images of women, created by the decisive and expressive chisel of their author.
“Big girls” are expressive and emotional, and at the same time outwardly static and imperturbable. Often, they turn their backs to the world around them, hiding and dying in their own microcosm.
The artist's "girls" are not tied to a specific time or prototype. They are conditional and anonymous, which is why they are understandable to every viewer who reads images in their own way, refracting them through their own perception.
“In my paintings there are women without clothes. After all, clothes are always a sign of a certain era, a sign of belonging to a particular social class.In my works, a naked female body is a symbol of beauty beyond time and conventions. ”
Anastasia Usenko was born on January 4, 1994. Graduated from the State Art School named after T.G. Shevchenko (painting department in Vitkovskaya workshop, 2000-2011), Kiev National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (graphics department, graphics workshop of Nikolai Kompants, 2011-2017). Author of a series of master classes for children on the technique of graphic printing (engraving) at the center of out-of-school education "Palace of Creativity for Children and Youth" (2018). An active participant in group exhibitions and art projects in Ukraine and abroad. The artist's works are in private collections in the USA, Canada, Sweden, Ukraine, Austria.
The exhibition "Big Girls" by Anastasia Usenko will run in the art gallery "Manufactura" from May 4 to June 17.
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