Indivi.Dualism 2019

The complexity of the self transcends every normative. What is masculine? What is female? Who is the strong sex? Who is the weak one? In our search for ourselves, don‘t we repeatedly encounter traits that appear to be completely opposite and yet coexist quite naturally – sometimes even cross-fertilising each other? Innocence and depravity. Dominance and submissiveness. Sensitivity and hardness. Vulnerability and strength. Black and white can not only condition each other, but merge into a dazzling, multi-faceted grey area. Even the sexes themselves are no longer thought of in dualistic terms. We have long since accepted walking between worlds.
Dissonance creates tension. And only through dissonance does real individuality emerge. My artistic work attempts to externalise the permanent conflict between controversial personality traits and to depict complex individuals in their discord, but also idiosyncratic beauty and aesthetics.

Indivi.Dualism 2019

The complexity of the self transcends every normative. What is masculine? What is female? Who is the strong sex? Who is the weak one? In our search for ourselves, don‘t we repeatedly encounter traits that appear to be completely opposite and yet coexist quite naturally – sometimes even cross-fertilising each other? Innocence and depravity. Dominance and submissiveness. Sensitivity and hardness. Vulnerability and strength. Black and white can not only condition each other, but merge into a dazzling, multi-faceted grey area. Even the sexes themselves are no longer thought of in dualistic terms. We have long since accepted walking between worlds.
Dissonance creates tension. And only through dissonance does real individuality emerge. My artistic work attempts to externalise the permanent conflict between controversial personality traits and to depict complex individuals in their discord, but also idiosyncratic beauty and aesthetics.

Indivi.Dualism 2019

The complexity of the self transcends every normative. What is masculine? What is female? Who is the strong sex? Who is the weak one? In our search for ourselves, don‘t we repeatedly encounter traits that appear to be completely opposite and yet coexist quite naturally – sometimes even cross-fertilising each other? Innocence and depravity. Dominance and submissiveness. Sensitivity and hardness. Vulnerability and strength. Black and white can not only condition each other, but merge into a dazzling, multi-faceted grey area. Even the sexes themselves are no longer thought of in dualistic terms. We have long since accepted walking between worlds.
Dissonance creates tension. And only through dissonance does real individuality emerge. My artistic work attempts to externalise the permanent conflict between controversial personality traits and to depict complex individuals in their discord, but also idiosyncratic beauty and aesthetics.

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KSENIA FRIESEN

Germany

http://i-am-ksenia.com

I am Ksenia. That means – depending on the culture – stranger, flower, beauty or hospitable. And all this applies more or less to me, too, if you look at the stages of my life. I was born on 21.1.1985 as Ksenia Slavcheva in Syktyvkar (Soviet Union).
I spent the first years of my life in St. Petersburg, which was then still called Leningrad. In 1990 my family emigrated to Plovdiv (Bulgaria), where I attended the art school Tzanko Lavrenov between 1997 and 2001. In the beginning, I devoted my artistic work primarily to fashion illustration. Since 2002 I have been living in Hamburg (Germany) where I work as an art director and freelance artist. In recent years I have experimented with various styles such as watercolour, collage, oil painting, ink painting, acrylic painting, linocut and drawing. The primary themes I address in my work are the unconscious beyond any staging, femininity and its conflicts, facets and grey areas of sexuality as well as the strange and bizarre sides of life.

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