An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.
I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.
The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Yevgeniya Baras.
“I make paintings which are portrait size and heavily textured. I often begin a painting by weaving canvas, layering papier-mâché, sewing patterns, gluing materials such as glass, foil, and paper onto surface, cutting and ripping canvas before I begin the application of oil paint. By employing typically feminine techniques such as knitting and crocheting as a part of my painting practice, I challenge the accepted notions of ornamentation and domesticity. I employ these traditional tools in a messy, often aggressive, unruly way. Layering, the presence of history of all that has been done to the surface is crucial to the work. Paintings are constructed slowly over time, considered, reworked, encrusted. They talk about an uneasy kind of beauty .
Canvases evoke the body (skin, scars, crust, wounds, infections). Encountering their surface one encounters bodies that have been affected and wear the scarring.” YB
Yevgeniya Baras is a painter residing in Brooklyn, NY. Her paintings are visceral geometric abstractions. She has exhibited for the past 10 years in the US and abroad. In May 2010 she co-founded the Regina Rex gallery with fellow artists. She enjoys the intellectual and communal effort involved in this curatorial project. Yevgeniya emigrated from Russia to Philadelphia in 1993 and has been primarily living in the US since. She has a BA and MS from University of Pennsylvania( 2003) and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2007.
Other material relating to Yevgeniya Baras.
Artist website: yevgeniyabaras.com
Art in AmericaProfiles: Yevgeniya Baras.
BULL AND RAM: Yevgeniya Baras.
BULL AND RAM Presents. Yevgeniya Baras.
Regina Rex: www.reginarex.org