Saturday, December 31
Russian artist Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva's work is filled with so many surrealist landscapes, each crowded with flat renderings of everything from floating furniture to human gardens. Her imaginary subjects are seen hovering above mountain tops or slanted into distortion, as if facing some universal funhouse mirror. Her work is truly other-worldly. Her series Homebodies tucks humans amongst household items and her 2011 animation The Lake is a short (but hypnotizing) trip into some sort of lakeside dimension where nobody seems to go anywhere and crystals materialize into thin air. Cool.
Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva is always playing with proportion and the human body. Look closely enough at some of her more crowded illustrations and you'll find people bent in all directions, making her works flatness even more apparent to the viewer. She plays more with shapes in her series The Dummies and has fun with Big Leg Emma, cutting her off and stretching her in all sorts of ways. I especially love The Twins, where she puts people inside themselves. Hmmmm....
The Lake, as far as I know, is her first animation. I really think with the sense of movement she conveys in her paintings (with the different directions and the way she draws her slanted and changing figures) Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva will definitely make some sick animated films. I hope she does! I really love her work.