Irina Razumovskaya (Leningrad, 1990) is a ceramic artist and painter. Her relationship with art was formed in her early childhood: from the age of five she followed art classes at the Hermitage Museum in her hometown St. Petersburg and still today visits as often as possible. Another strong influence came from studying classical languages at the gymnasium. This lead to a love for ancient objects and the classical architecture and culture which accompanied them. She says: I try to see myself as a maker with similar sensibilities to those of craftsmen and draftsmen of bygone eras.
Attentive to nuances Razumovskaya is thrilled by the poetry of everyday life. At the core of her practice is the use of delicate imagery, like the ageing of architecture where rigid things are softened with the touch of time. Or the antiquated objects for uncertain rituals performed by unknowable participants and which we no longer remember how to use.
Making “Barkskin” - the series of works presented at Puls - Irina was partly inspired by a wistful longing for the post-soviet times: the subtle dilapidation of stark unadorned constructivist forms which over time have become eased and animated by their peeling layers. These soviet structures once bold and futuristic and built with uncompromising visual grammar, have through neglect and decay become lyrical.
Razumovskaya: - I come to these forms through research on various cultures and always bear in mind their reflection on my own reality, my everyday life. This way every artwork has a personal meaning for me. For the viewer however, I prefer the experience to be more ambiguous and open to various interpretations and possibilities.
Her work has been exhibited both in Russia and internationally. She has featured in various exhibitions, won several awards and held residencies in Germany, Spain, the USA, Hungary and Taiwan. She is currently completing her second Master’s Degree at the Royal College of Art in London.