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Echelon, 130 x 120cm, Egg Tempera on Wood, 2018
"Ancient, modern; religious, secular; particular, universal. Grounded in the Russian icon tradition, but drawing on a huge diversity of influences, from pre-Renaissance portraiture to media culture, the hauntingly unique art of Veronica Smirnoff inhabits a fantastical world of its own." notes writer James Lawrence
Echelon depicts a group of people walking in line, perhaps migrants but simply human beings heading for unknown lands, to where each will bring his or her own story and sensibility. Thus every individual journey is unique yet embraced by our collective memory, never bereft of the ancient instinct of elementary wonder, belief and hope.
In the artist’s words: “The magic of daring to relate something always happens in the mental space. It is a test of imagination which allows us to move freely in the realm of fantasy, reluctant to question the lack of mental connection between the incomprehensible things that eventually make sense and teach us something about the real world.” MOUSSE Magazine
Veronica Smirnoff "Take of Bright and Brittle" at Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan | MOUSSE Magazine
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Biography: Constantly reassembling and alluding to pre-renaissance and icon painting, folklore and Asian tradition, paintings are constructed with traditional elements - the fragility of gesso and solidity of wood, with pigment ground from semi-precious stones, mixed with egg yolk and wine to make the paints. The wooden supporting boards are made of oak in Russian monasteries and blessed. Layer by layer, the surface is encrusted with texture and then sanded down to its sedimentary surface. Smirnoff is fascinated by the idea of the "Icon" as the object of worship and its close relation to "popular art" with a wide repertoire of signs: the flat moulding of figures, conventional space and the abstract effects of colours.
Her work is influenced by elements of the folk imagination, transformed into a universal concept. Through jarring cultural identities, the present and the past often gives way to intuition as opposed to appropriation, testing the authenticity of images and not consciously following a particular narrative.
Maintaining a symbolic appearance is a red herring. A platform for the constant quest for style, engendering a different sensibility through the use of historical languages; a montage of imagery nods to the allegorical discourse resonating with complexities of reality and offering vignettes of contrasting logic, anecdotal and not didactic.
Veronica Smirnoff is a British artist of Russian origin, (born Moscow, Russia, 1979). She gained a BA from the Slade School of Art and a post-graduate diploma from the Royal Academy of Arts. She had her first solo show with Galleria Riccardo Crespi in Milan (2008). Smirnoff has exhibited in Moscow, Paris, Berlin, New York and London. She was selected for the John Moores Painting Prize UK (2010). She lives and works in London.