Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker
This painting playfully addresses feminist issues by combining confrontational sexual imagery with a sense of the absurd. About this work, Tarasenko says: “This piece was heavily inspired by butcher shop posters, explaining all the cuts and where they are. As a woman, am I the sum of my parts? Or are my parts the sum of me?”
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.