ANNA BELOZEROVA:CREATING WORK AT THE INTERSECTION OF SCULPTURE AND PHOTOGRAPHY
When we divide something entirely from its origin by half to become its own entity and live in harmony with its divided half, the results can be chaotic in their own beautiful and twisted way. Meet Anna Belozerova, the 33-year-old photographer from Barnaul, a compact city in Russia. Belozerova is a trained architect who had just recently started picking up photography. In 2019 she became more interested in the realm of staged photography, reveling in the freedom of creating moods and atmospheres of her own. Through experimentation, Belozerova finds herself drawn to a more abstract and warped reality of incorporating elements that don't coincide or even belong within the same realm, examining the dichotomy between waking moments and the altered state of stepping into a bizarre and unfamiliar dream. In a world that is constantly changing, and our thoughts and realities constantly shifting and evolving, Belozerova captures these moments or stages of alteration not as they happen in real life, but as she creates them within a parallel universe of her own ideologies.
All of Belozerova’s staged photographs are taken at home and incorporate household and food items such as candles, desserts, and various vegetables and fruits. More often than not, she finds inspiration in Abstract Expressionism and Tachisme, approaching her still lives as abstractions, Belozerova re-contextualizes each one of her elements, allowing them to be part of a larger abstract entity. "Shadows occupy a special place in my photographs, I want the flat and voluminous forms, as well the shadows to create a complete composition. I explore new forms by using different materials, such as paper, metal, plastic, or polymer clay. Even the fixation on the movement of water or light could also be a distinct form in my compositions." Belozerova tells LOS GATOS.
Although there is a certain degree of beautiful discomfort when looking at Belozerova's photographs, she doesn't necessarily try to convey these emotions to the viewer, when asked about how human emotions and desires are woven into her photographs Belozerova answers: "In the process of creating, the artist is influenced by many factors and the artist's emotional state can be translated into their work and felt by highly susceptible and empathetic viewers. Based on their own internal state, my work will mean something personal and unique to the viewer, or mean absolutely nothing at all."
Often inclined to complicate her photographs, Belozerova becomes more interested in creating harmonious compositions. In her photographs you can find reflections in areas of cyclicality, dualism, deconstructivism and various other subjects that occupy her mind during various stages of her life. "Broken lines, destruction, scattering, sometimes even conflict invasion - these are all characteristic features of deconstructivism in my photographs, and conveying the idea of cyclicity in my work through repeating elements, and reflections." Belozerova tells LOS GATOS, "If I draw any conclusion about our human condition in my work, it is that we possess dualities and dichotomies that often make us ironic beings. Our whole being is brought together by many contradictory qualities, the visual fission in my work can reflect this space, and some of those qualities lead my compositions." Belozerova adds.
All images courtesy the artist.
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