Josh M. G. Yates

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Study of Kseniya with Flower Motif, 2014

Laserprint transfer and acrylic on paper, 7.5" x 7.5"

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My Study of Kseniya series alludes to the traditional painted and drawn nude figure . The huddled figure of Kseniya is rendered in paint and pencil. The repetitious flower motif beside her is a digitally constructed image. It resembles the Russian folk handicraft style of painting on metal trays and brooches, known as "Zhostovo Painting" which emerged in the early 19th century. It fell into decline in the late 19th/early 20th century, to re-emerge again in the Soviet Union in the late 1920s, while nudity whether physical or representational was strictly prohibited. The Zhostovo style is continued to this day in a village of Zhostovo in the Moscow Oblast. This series serves to connect dialogues occurring in contemporary art with those occurring in art historical discourse, and also raises the issue of cultural preservation in an increasingly technological world.

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