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Anna’s Hope transmits many different feelings through Anna’s face and body language. While her body seems relaxed and laid-back, Anna’s face looks confused. The drippy technique that Ushakova uses in many of her works adds to the mix of feelings.
Works in Brooklyn, NY
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.