“WHEN I AM IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING ART, I FEEL THAT TIME IS JUST AS MUCH OF A MEDIUM AS THE PEN CAN BE.”
When faced with a blank sheet of paper, I enter a space in which I am the creator. Armed with a pen, a pencil or charcoal, I am able to decide which elements to bring into existence.
Often, I draw from memory. These memories could be as distant as from my childhood or as current as coming home from a dinner and trying to remember everyone I met there. Such events are never recalled or remembered precisely. For me they function as a prompt, allowing me to imagine the intricate details of the situation.
Improvisation is fundamental to my process of making art. I like drawing to a live performance of Jazz music, in which the line of my pen or charcoal can sometimes take a solo. The pen, just like time itself, is a one-way street. Because of my background in etching, I am trained to commit to every line I draw. If I make a mistake, I let it guide me; as in life, one can never go back and rub things out.
I would like the viewer, after looking at my work, to perhaps reconsider and appreciate just how weird, funny and grotesque the world around us can be.
ANASTASIA LOPOUKHINE IS A NEW YORK-BASED ARTIST EDUCATED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND AMERICA.
Anastasia creates large-scale drawings in various mediums. The detailed nature of her process gives Anastasia’s work an intensity often infused with a hint of wry humor. Her approach is that of a narrator inspired by events in history or by personal experiences from different corners of the world.
Anastasia holds an MAScot from the University of Edinburgh in History and Russian studies and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art, where she majored in Drawing and Printmaking.
Over the past decade, Anastasia has participated in exhibitions and auctions in London, Paris, and New York.