FROM KOLAJ #24
For all their absurdity, Lita Poliakova’s collages radiate a deep thinking about the human condition in societal context. She sees contemporary culture as a toxic stream of material and herself as a visual anthropologist at war with mass media. Imagery of the skull is always more than the obvious symbol of death. The dead don’t care. Artists use skulls as a memento mori, a reminder to the living of their impending death, and to advise them on how to prolong the inevitable. A simple reading of Poliakova’s work is “You are what you eat” and one should avoid the things that will kill you, but a deeper read points to gluttony, the embodied sister sin of greed.
This Artist Portfolio appeared in Kolaj #24. To see the entire issue, SUBSCRIBE to Kolaj Magazine or Get a Copy of the Issue.
Lita (Life Is Torturing Awesome) is a full-time visual artist based in Germany. Originally from Russia, Poliakova holds an honours diploma in graphic design from the Baltic University of Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication in St. Petersburg and an honours Master’s degree in graphic design from the St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design. She is pursuing an MA from the Aalto University School of Art & Design in Helsinki. Her work has been shown extensively in Europe, as well as The Philippines, Australia and the U.S. Find out more at www.litapoliakova.com.
Images (top to bottom):
Smile, Sugar #2 (11.69″x8.27″; analogue collage; 2018)
Smile, Sugar #1 (11.69″x8.27″; analogue collage; 2018)