Interview with Larissa Eremeeva: Diving into 'Evocative Abstract'

“I want my paintings to encourage the viewer and to evoke emotions, reminiscences, photos, ideas to their aware thoughts.”

By Rise Art | 20 Feb 2023

Larissa Eremeeva has not too long ago joined the platform, bringing her ‘evocative abstract’ works to the platform. Larissa is pushed by inner thoughts of transience and impermanence… mortality, eternity… generational threads that might bind or may well split… how memories might be recalled and how reminiscences may perhaps be erased. Whether these thoughts and recollections relate to those felt by the artist herself, is not essential. What is essential is that men and women who see her artwork may perhaps be stimulated to delve even more and explore their possess perceptions of the environment and their personal feelings.

Vanishing place, 2021, oil on a stretched linen canvas, 100 x 100cm

 

How would you explain your artistic style?

I phone my fashion of summary expressionism “evocative abstract” – I want my paintings to encourage the viewer and to evoke thoughts, memories, visuals, ideas to their conscious mind. Regardless of whether those thoughts and recollections relate to those people felt by me when I produced the operate is not important. What is vital to me is that people today who see my artwork may well be stimulated to take a look at their personal perceptions and thoughts. The names I give my operates also enjoy a element in making a curiosity for the viewer to delve further.

Just like that, 2022, oil on canvas, 120 x 100cm

 

 

What messages or themes do you want to communicate with your operate?

I attract on themes this kind of as silence, the poetry of just getting – impressed by poets these as Pessoa and Pasternak – and memories recalled. I think of my work as turning concepts into emotion, which is then expressed by the rhythms and textures in my paintings. There is an inherent contradiction in most of what I do, as there is in a lot artwork and in existence by itself.

Feminine starlings also sing, 2022, oil on unstretched canvas, 110 x 120cm

 

How has your practice developed about the several years? Have you always worked in an abstract style?

Until finally I moved to Italy from the United states of america, I painted figurative performs. I used my artwork to satisfy my obsession with human conduct – in unique our strengths and vulnerabilities as we go about our everyday life. My return to Europe, and gatherings in my personal everyday living, drove me to change my focus inwards – and “evocative abstract” resulted from that new focus on myself and my have emotions.

Bare morning, 2022, oil and sand on canvas, 150 x 150cm

 

What is an regular day like in your studio? 

I wake early, sometimes as early as 4am The working day starts off with coffee – 2 cups of cappuccino though I quietly shepherd the photographs and pin pricks in my head into a coherent strategy of perform for the day. Then I climb the stairs to my studio in what was after the grand drawing area of a palazzo in this article in Abruzzo. It’s a enormously inspiring location to work. I get ready the rough composition of any new piece on my Mac, blend my colours on my table top rated glass palette and… paint. From time to time it’s a new operate, sometimes it is finalising and perfecting a work started the previous day or the earlier 7 days.

By 11am, it’s usually time to stop and consider inventory – am I finished? do I have to have to revisit the piece another time? I build for close to 4 several hours each and every day the relaxation of the working day is for the far more mundane but essential responsibilities of managing the studio. Extremely frequently art collectors are unaware of the time eaten in purchasing supplies, photo shoots, liaising with galleries, making ready promoting supplies, chatting to collectors and so on.

Larissa functioning in her studio (@larissaeremeeva)

 

What/Who are your critical influences?

Marlene Dumas, Gerhard Richter, Peter Doig.

 

Who are some Increase Artwork artists with perform you might be experiencing at the second?

Susannah Douglas, Dorota Jedrusik.

The wilful pursuit of ignorance, 2021, oil on unstretched canvas, 122 x 183cm

 

Are you at present doing the job on any interesting new tasks?

My recent series is named “On the verge of waking up”, which is a reference to Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet. As you can imagine, it’s received a large amount to do with the contradictions that can appear when we’re in between the sleeping and waking state – or maybe it is even as Pessoa claims, “I really feel as if I’m generally on the verge of waking up.”

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