Interview: Yulia Parfenova
Luca Curci talks with Yulia Parfenova during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, the second appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Based in Switzerland, Yulia Parfenova is a Russian self-taught painter born in 1992. Being always encouraged to understand the world at a deeper level, she chose a carrier in science. She completed Master’s degree in Chemistry at Lomonosov MSU in 2015 and later moved to Switzerland to pursue a PhD in Biology at ETH Zürich. At the same time Art has been always her passion since childhood. Like a science, art practice for her is an opportunity to learn and experiment. In her artworks, since 2019, she focuses on a human being and looks for the way to express its complex mental state. She is very much influenced by breath-taking views of Swiss Alps and often chooses the mountain landscape as the interpretation of human subconscious. Like our mind with lots of ups and downs, the mountains have high hills, low valleys, and steep slopes in between. At the moment she continues developing her style as well as pushes her level forward by participating in the international exhibitions.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Yulia Parfenova – Art for me is an opportunity to explore new fresh ideas and experiment on different ways to visualize them.
LC – What are you currently working on?
YP – I am working on a series of artworks, devoted to the origins of human creativity and relationships with toys.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
YP – I find it hard to overcome initial step of painting process, when marks on canvas have not taken their final color and shape yet but stay rather ugly and messy.
LC – What is your creative process like?
YP – My creative process starts from idea generation by using different techniques such as mind mapping. New ideas come from many different sources, including books, movies, museums and, of course, self-reflection. I further develop them by making sketches.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
YP – An artist is a person with a unique vision, able to challenge well accepted opinions. Nowadays a successful artist is a good manager as well, promoting his art as a brand and actively networking.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
YP – “Borders” is very broad term, that implies many interpretations and therefore can inspire many different artists. In my artworks I actively explore the concept of “borders” while showing the relationship between real objects like a human body and virtual, imaginary space.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
YP – On my painting “Perseverance” Man investigates the landscape of his own mind. Fantastic shapes and halos of the background are the products of the human imagination. Yet they arouse his curiosity and encourage him to get up and start exploring obscure surroundings. I juxtapose a realistic human figure with a flat background to disconnect him from reality and to build a Border – between Man and His Dream.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
YP – Very modern, up-to-date platform, where I can learn about many contemporary artists.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
YP – Definitely. It’s great that ITSLIQUID GROUP supports both established and emerging artists. It also provides great opportunities for artists to network and increase their visibility.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
YP – Yes, it was a great pleasure to be part of the exhibition organized by you!