And How Did That Make You Feel?
This painting playfully combines confrontational imagery depicting capitalism and greed with a sense of the absurd. The artist's work examines the world through a woman's perspective in order to reverse engineer viewers' indoctrination by society. About this composition, Tarasenko says: “My mind is continually blown how planet earth is at the constant whim of emotionally unstable men in power.”
Tarasenko’s paintings critique the hidden hypocrisies that are ubiquitous in our culture. The artist's work challenges the tyranny of society and how humanity is forced to fit within certain expectations and conventions. Tarasenko's style hints at baroque-period art while incorporating a strong influence from medieval-period art, including illuminated manuscripts decorated in gold.
Employing confrontational and uncomfortable imagery, Tarasenko’s paintings challenge the tyranny of society’s conventions and expectations. The artist uses animals in her work in the manner of fables, illustrating social and moral observations with playfulness and a sense of humor. Tarasenko’s paintings critique the ubiquitous hidden hypocrisies that impact our culture—including greed, colonialism and consumerism.
Anastasiya Tarasenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1989. The artist received an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in New York City and a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
Solo exhibitions of Tarasenko’s work have taken place at: Monya Rowe Gallery in New York City (2021); and Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts (2019).
Group exhibitions that have shown Tarasenko’s work have taken place at: Kravets Wehby in New York City; and the Untitled Art Fair in Miami, Florida (2021).
Tarasenko’s work is in the collection of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia.
Tarasenko completed the PLOP Artist Residency in London, UK in 2019.
Tarasenko lives and works in Queens, New York.
This painting playfully combines confrontational imagery depicting capitalism and greed with a sense of the absurd. The artist's work examines the world through a woman's perspective in order to reverse engineer viewers' indoctrination by society.More