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INTERVIEW: JULIA MOKHOVIKOVA

Interviews | July 15, 2021 |

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Image courtesy of Julia Mokhovikova

Interview: Julia Mokhovikova
Luca Curci
talks with Julia Mokhovikova during BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2021, 3rd Edition, at Valid World Hall Gallery.

Julia Mokhovikova is an artist of Ukrainian descent. She works in a style of neo-expressionism. Trained as an architect, she’s a painter by calling. Mokhovikova has developed her own artistic manner of working with oil and acrylic and later strengthened her skills at L’école d’art MJM where she took a course in drawing and painting. “I show the beauty of chaos”, the artist describes her work. In her case, the beauty reflects contingencies and severities of life but they are being presented with a touch of irony. Mokhovikova extracts the plots of her works from the visual artefacts of daily life, like newspapers or imagery on social networks. A visually experienced viewer would easily find himself engaged in a game of guessing the plots and prototypes: the shells may appear in late Irving Penn works, restaurant printed ads, Flaman still lives, etc. The artist takes every plot derived from the visual noise of routine life and paints it in brutal brush strokes, thus creating vibrant pictures that show “the absurdity around”. She describes the realms created as a decadent fairy-tale – the one that is sensual, somewhat raunchy, and almost deliberate kitsch. The essential part of the works is the inscriptions and quotations that complement the image and serve as the author’s comments on her works. “How to understand a sheep”, “Kaif”, Vladimir Mayakovsky’s line “Tobacco smoke has consumed the air”, or Zhanna Aguzarova’s “Guesting in the fairy-tale country” – the text play is reminiscent of avantgardist collages and modern street art and graffiti.

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Image courtesy of Julia Mokhovikova

Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Julia Mokhovikova –
Actually I’m an architect by adulation. But I studied art in Kiev, Moscow, Nice, NY. Life is so multidimensional and voluminous that it is difficult to determine something “decisive” rather, there were a million things that influenced my work – people, nature, painters, books, Films, animals, the internet… – everything.

LC – Which subject are you working on?
JM –
I am working on the subject of fairytale contradictions and document episodes from the life of people, animals, mixing them. I also paint many orders for houses and offices all in my style fairytale neoexpressionism.

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Image courtesy of Julia Mokhovikova

LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
JM –
Nothing to compare, but I’m almost satisfied.

LC – What is your creative process like?
JM –
It is a process that never stops, I have a huge warehouse of ideas. And when I’m in my studio, I choose one or a few of them, turn on music and start painting.

LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
JM –
Never happened yet, but I consider that it is a very important thing – to see the feedback from your work and it doesn’t matter if you are a pastry chef, scientist, or artist.

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Image courtesy of Julia Mokhovikova

LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
JM –
I think it’s a good international platform for artists to show their works. It inspired me to open my personal exhibition in Europe.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
JM –
You created a good platform and there is always room to grow.

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Image courtesy of Julia Mokhovikova
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Image courtesy of Julia Mokhovikova

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