I explore topics such as human interaction with the universe, trust in the world and the phenomenon of chance. I constantly ask myself: where is the line between chaos and control, chance and fate? When can I influence the result, and when can I just accept the situation and adapt to it?
I am obsessed with color; it is my passion and the engine of the creative process. Glossy magazines with their highly saturated colors and rich textures are the perfect material. For me the process of creating is as important as the final result.
Firstly, I tear glossy magazine pages randomly and vigorously. This bold act depicts me as a person since I love spontaneity and energy. These random fragments symbolize that very chance and all that the world gives to me in the moment.
Then I start picking up the pieces and put them on the paper, and my task as an artist is to transform chaos from scattered pieces into a single harmonious whole. To balance the energy of color and ragged edges with the calm of final composition. It is a dialogue on equal terms, an interaction between the outside world and my inner self, when I accept and adapt what the world gives.
Restricting myself by using only glossy magazine papers, I deepen my exploration of the idea of the world where I can trust and honor what it gives to me. This way I feel myself as a part of it.
Yulia Lenina was born in 1978 in Saratov (Russian Federation).
Yulia makes paintings and collages. She explores such personal themes as interaction of a human being with the universe, trust to the world and the phenomenon of chance.
Her collages are abstract where the quantity of color is the composition itself. Using glossy magazines to full potential with their highly saturated colors and rich textures, Yulia makes a clear and balanced composition with the minimum number of pieces.
In her process, an important part is the preparatory part, when the pages of the magazine are randomly and spontaneously torn into separate parts. Unconsciously, it echoes with the Czech collage artist Jiří Kolář’s “chiasmage” method.
The collage assembling means a deep interaction with the material. This is also an interaction between the inner self and the world, when she accepts and listens to what the world gives. Here, the world means these pieces she has with unpredictable and random shapes. In a resulting image, the energy of torn edges is transmitted to the viewer, and the color enhances the effect.
Yulia Lenina lives and works in Moscow and Kyiv and is studying at Kyiv Academy of Media Arts. She is represented by AG Gallery Moscow (Winzavod), Artflood Gallery (Moscow-London) and Artios Gallery (US). Her works are in private and public collections in Russia, UK, Scotland, Turkey and Ukraine.