Type: Artist / Individual
Art form: Art, Craft, Design, Digital, Drawing, Illustration, Installation, Painting, Performance, Photography, Poetry
Biography / Artist statement
I am an installation artist and painter focusing on the connection between tradition, folklore and modern-day life. I reflect on my cultural roots by drawing on traditional pattern, song, fragrance and ritual to create immersive experiences. These aim to provide a space outside of the modern world for audiences to pause, reflect and reconnect with themselves. The process involves natural materials like cotton, linen, wood in the form of found objects. I also use traditional cross stitch to tell a story through the fabrics used. The objects come together in corner spaces (as the corner is sacred in my culture, drawing out negative energy). Speakers playing folk song or spoken word are hidden around the corner, the space is dimly lit (covered in fabric). There is always an interactive element - live dough, reminiscent of flesh, evolving by the minute, or books with some of the words covered in stitch. Ksenia has exhibited in London and Moscow, at the Saatchi Gallery, Platform Gallery, Foyer Gallery, the Stanley Picker, RHACC and Cass Art. She runs creative workshops around craft, bookbinding and instinctive mark making, teaching others to reconnect with themselves and creative practices. Her work sits at the intersection of craft and education and always aims to give back to the audience.