Critic opinion

Critic opinion

This is a trailblazing experiment with geometric forms. Color connotations and a specific sight angle links this composition to avant-garde. One can notice the optic tricks invented by Dali in painting. As you look sidewise, the man becomes a crane, while his body obtains the shape of a bird.

In the Soviet epoch, there was a special staff member, a poser for the TV program "Morning Gym", which was the country’s most popular way to warm-up in the morning. This person worked in a TV studio, showing the exercises. I think that this bronze-made girl was prompted by such posers. In a little while, the music will sound and, still dreaming, we are ready to make an arabesque, following the example for this gym prompter. Together with her, we are ready to sink in an inconvenient position.

The artist resorts to eternal topics. We are driven to the turmoil of the nature and the history, we live and die, we experience destruction and creation. We need to reconsider the life: is it all vanity of vanities?

Be it an animal, the author would choose a brutal predator; be it a man, the author’s choice would be nothing less than a samurai. Human beings are too rare among the objects of this author’s art to prefer their classical variant. That is why we are transferred to the 18th century, south Japan, the origin of samurais.

The picture is not simple here: the fine-spun threads of engobe surrounded the queen cat, entrapped it with a cradle "net". But the cat will pull through, because this in only a children’s game, the Cat’s Craddle.

The idea of this sculpture couldn’t come from somewhere outside, couldn’t have been imagined, for you cannot imagine what you «have to see with your own eyes». The Italian greyhound («Levretka») is too alive to have been copied from a reproduction.

Leopard is the symbol of fearlessness, ferocity and hardiness. Spots on its skin remind eyes, and this makes people call it «the unsleeping guardian». The word «guardian» has an additional meaning in Yekaterina Yakovleva’s sculpture.

Brutality… Bestiarity… Bull-terrier… The story of the breed keeps haunting the artist. This time she is interested in the bull-terrier fighting origin, dating back to the 19th century, when people in England arranged fights of gladiator dogs, and needed a special stocky dog, ready to dart, with a special temperament, not fearing cruelty.

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