Irina was born in 1990 in Leningrad, USSR, and began the practice of art since the age of five, when she entered the Kustodiev Art School.
She refined her interest in ceramics and material culture while studying ancient literature and languages at the St. Petersburg State Classical Gymnasium, and in 2008 she entered the State Academy of Art and Design attending the Fine Art Ceramic and Glass Department. During that time she participated in several international residencies and exhibitions.
This year she graduated from the Royal College of Arts in London and is becoming an internationally re known ceramic artist.
In her art practice, she draws influence from the decay Constructivist forms which were a strong scenario of her childhood. The geometric shapes that remember the Soviet structures are realized in stoneware clay and later coated with several layers of slip and glaze. Through the process of heating the pieces, all the layers will melt down to then create those cracked paint to represent the decay of the architecture she was surrounded from.
She says about her work: “I base my artwork on poly-cultural signs, such as house, body and ritual objects. I come to them through research and always bear in mind their reflection on my own reality, my everyday life.”
Despite this, she prefers to give to the viewer an ambiguous experience, for each one to have their own possibility of interpretation of the artwork.
Learn more about her here.
All the images are from artist’s website.