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Volga Sazykina "About Glass"

The National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus will hold the exhibition of glass objects by Volga Sazykina "About Glass" at 5 o’clock p.m. on February 21, 2020. 

Volga Sazykina’s art is a private judgement of her own past and present in the context of the real time and place. Therefore, being in ‘action space’, she reproduces her ‘sincere remark’, introducing the importance of the artist.

The artist’s career began under the reinterpretation of historical concepts and cultural traditions, a total reappraisal of the heritage of avant-garde art. Volga Sazykina got academic qualifications based on the principle of continuance of traditions. The artist graduated from the Belarusian Theater and Art Institute (today the Belarusian State Academy of Arts), and first she worked a lot with glass in the Neman Glassworks testing laboratory. She developed complex innovative methods. This can be called the time of the author’s glass, bright creative activities, conceptual and technical discoveries. Liudmila Rusava, Valery Martynchyk, Aliaksej Zhdanau, Genadz Khatskevich, representatives of the Belarusian avant-garde of 1980–1990s, motivated her to engage in graphics and painting. The artist was in touch with communities of Minsk and Leningrad underground (collectors and artists of legendary Pushkinskaya 10 in Leningrad).

‘About Glass’ project presents Volga Sazykina’s style and space. The viewer has the opportunity to take a good look (Rosalind E. Krauss suggested the interpretation of modernism in visual art as ‘the impulse to see’) at glass objects, thinking of the making. The artist does research on glass which has become a means of understanding the world around us, equally material and ideal. Volga Sazykina deals with various sign systems: decorative projects; form conception, closed and limited, through a three-dimensional structure that is cage effect, where the object materiality and illusory nature are potentially possible.

Volga Sazykina combines the fragile and durable, the breakable and tough, hiding objects in transparent capsules. This is a sincere attempt to share intimate thoughts with the other, and demonstration of ‘harmony conflict’. This is the result of the artist’s self-will and intellectual liberty.

Volga Sazykina’s projects are related to human relations aspects: doubts, desires, ideas about the ideal, as well as ideas about own realities. Her pieces depict the nature of relationships with surrounding objects. The artist combines various materials such as metal, stone, sand, etc. This is also a way to explore glass modern art functions.

Olga Rybchinskaya,

an art-critic, a curator, a researcher