Artist Statement

Artist Statement

Yuliya Lanina

Photo by Anya Roz

I intend to bring a dissonant charge to the work I create. Playful and quirky on the exterior, my work uses whimsy as a device to draw closer inspection, leading to greater awareness and introspection among viewers. Once engaged, the viewer often finds evocations of the dark matter that is the underbelly of human existence--issues of loss, abuse, and death—striking a primordial balance. 

My work ranges from paintings and interactive sculptures to animations and performance.  I am particularly interested in turning the traditional medium of painting into a multi-dimensional and interactive experience for the viewer. I strive to accomplish this by creating interactive mechanical sculptures with original soundtrack as well as stop motion animations based on my paintings and accompanied by original music compositions. Both of these endeavors result in a “New Painting”– multi-sensory, time-based, and interactive.  

My work aims to speak to the nature of being, to the heart as well as intellect and to be accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.