The wish to penetrate the past, to rebel against the irreversibility of time - this is what fuels my practice. I use vintage photographs as a means of launching my painting. They allow me to have a window into the past, but this window is cut by the person behind the lens, so it is biased and selective. Photographs tease us with a glanced moment, but they do not allow the moment to be entered into. So, as a time machine, the photograph is rather flawed.
Why do I have this desire to enter the past in the first place? Being born in the USSR just prior to its collapse, I spent my childhood in the ruins of its cultural paradigm. The oral narratives passed down to me by family recounting the Soviet era were rather contradictory, my school history textbooks were being altered and re-written in front of my eyes, so my generation learned early that history cannot be trusted. They say to know the future one must know the past - but what happens if you have no past, what happens when you’re born at the point of a fissure, a crack, a departure?
Royal College of Art. One of her pieces has been acquired by RCA for their permanent collection.
Paris Collage of Art.
Fine Art ICA Moscow.
Katya has exhibited with TART Gallery London
at Fitzrovia Gallery. 2022