Irina Azarenkova’s book “Rats' Land” is a whimsical, light-hearted depiction of the long-tailed creatures in human situations that also serves as a metaphor for our transient, often hedonistic existence. Azarenkova’s fascination with rats’ complex, human-like qualities first developed when she lived in New York City. In this series, her rats are often drinking wine and leisurely enjoying life in a variety of contexts, often in tropical settings inspired by the artist’s travels in Latin America. Azarenkova’s observations of human nature also draw on her own background in Russia, using the rats as symbols of political, religious and aristocratic power. Though originating from difference social spheres, the often bespectacled rats display a common sophistication. Running through this book is the quest for meaning, symbolised by some of the rats’ upward gaze, in search perhaps of a higher purpose...
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Irina is currently living in Vancouver, BC. She grew up in Saint Petersburg, Russia, surrounded by the timeless beauty of the Hermitage treasures. After a brief attempt to become a chemical engineer she obtained her degree from St. Petersburg Academy of Arts and Culture specializing in Russian Literature and Library Sciences. In her continued search for her destiny she arrived in New York City, where, after various stints as a travel agent and a Manhattan real estate agent she finally was able to pursue her life-long dream of becoming a full-time artist, and now a writer. She also continued her education at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY; then moved to California, then to Pacific North-West. As an artist, working in clay and oil painting, Irina has maintained close contact with the Bohemian life of modern St. Petersburg's art scene, always an education. Her travels have taken her to the birthplace of ancient porcelain - China. Staying in Artist's Residency in Jingdezhen she learnt the traditional art of Chinese ceramics. Continuing in her travels and education led her to Yucatan, Mexico, climbing the ancient Mayan pyramids and connecting to the spirituality of almost extinct tribes. Travel combined with her fascination with European surrealism and the heritage of Russian impressionism has influenced the particular world of her art. Her work is filled with strange and whimsical images of things living their lives in her imagination, all the while questioning where do we come from and where do we go. This is the first book by Irina, based on her series of pantings about rats living as people (or, the other way around!).
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