BITE #6 – Oksana Devochkina
Contemporary Bites Archive
Bite #6 by Oksana Devochkina
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE US TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I am an artist from St. Petersburg, based in Budapest, Hungary. I graduated from Art Faculty in St. Petersburg State University, MA with honors. From 2002 my main interests were art and social issues. I observe the ecological issues, the identification issues of being an artist, a woman and an immigrant. I do mainly oil and mixed media paintings, but also installations and media art projects.
HOW DID THE COVID-19 BREAKDOWN AFFECT YOUR WORK AS AN ARTIST?
During a self-isolation I’ve continued to work on my project — a series self portraits, but the last pieces has reacted on the situation as well. This painting ‘Meduza’ depicts a screaming heroine in a mask. The image shows how me is reacting to the pandemic crisis in 2020: the news attack, despair of being separated with my kid in two countries, financial discouragement. The screeming woman is inspired by the portraits of Maria Lassnig and by Caravaggio’s ‘Meduza’.
HAS YOUR WAY OF THINKING/PRODUCING ART CHANGED?