Photography by Kristina Varaksina
Words and curation by Pulkit Mishra
Kristina Varaksina is a Russian-born artist who currently lives and works between New York and London. Her work is in a realm which plays between internal & external reality. The way Varaksina places layers in her images is absolutely stunning. She not only explores various perspectives but also makes a strong impact on the viewers. The way Kristina lights her subject is refreshing and creates a very positive impact.
She has taught photography at New York Film Academy, New York and California Art Institute, San Francisco. Her fine-art work is represented by Lumas, Berlin, Brownie, Shanghai, Themes & Projects, San Francisco. Varaksina has won PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris and many other international photo contests.
In a time, where you are home bound. What inspires you in your everyday life?
I think it’s important to be able to find practically anything inspiring: the sunlight on your dinner table, flowers that have gone dry, a cut up piece of fruit, a book you read, or a friend you talk to.
As an artist, do you feel obligated to create in times when it is the most difficult thing to do?
I strongly believe that artists are responsible to reflect upon the times they live in.
Has the current situation affected your thought process while creating? If so, how?
I think my thought process has become more introspective, I’m trying to find what’s really important, what is really going to matter in the long run.