06.12.17 - 07.01.18
Using the language of the Rococo, Flora Yukhnovich’s paintings examine the notion of femininity within the context of art historical aesthetics and contemporary culture.
Yukhnovich explores the representation of the female form and the ‘male gaze’ alongside associations of the superficial, decorative and domestic, visible throughout the Rococo period. Within her work, she reflects on the discrepancy between the aesthetic qualities one often perceives as feminine, i.e. the beautiful, the submissive, the delicate, and her own experience of what it is to be a woman today.
Her paintings exist in a state of flux, with figuration yielding to abstraction and sensation; engaging with the visceral and the sublime through the sensuality of the gestural mark. Harnessing the dynamism and eroticism inherent in the Rococo, she creates active paintings which do not submit to the ‘gaze’, but have the capacity to affect the viewer – paintings indicative of a feminine legacy but expressing the true agency and power of being a woman.
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