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Desert Walk is one of Ushakova’s more vibrant works. The figures floating on the canvas seem to walk towards the viewer. Desert Walk transmits the feeling of melting in hot temperatures.
An anastomosis is a connection- an opening of tubes, vessels, branches, often used to define surgical steps. It’s also used to define Yana Ushakova’s latest body of work. In her figures she reshapes those bodily pathways in a way that bypasses the male gaze. Inspired by her chemotherapy experience, the painted forms embody survival, restructuring, and growth. She turns her subjects inside out and exposes their vulnerabilities. They are dismantled and realigned to create a self assured other, something disquieting and new.