Born in 1992, lives and works in London.
Yulia Iosilzon received her Bachelors Degree from Slade School of Fine Art, UCL in 2017. Then she enrolled to Royal College of Art, Painting, to complete Masters Degree. Was awarded with Audrey Wykeham Prize and Bloomberg New Contemporaries prize in 2019.
Yulia Iosilzon draws on children’s illustration, fashion and theatre to posit fragmentary narratives in large-scale works.
An initial readability in her work is thrown into question by the persistent use of techniques which serve to interrupt the image and break down earlier impressions of visual plenitude.
The circular approach to narrative is leavened with her lightness of touch. This is seen primarily through the artist’s own deployment of burlesque, the grotesque, irony and humour in images which use as their starting point everyday scenes.
Meaning is subverted in Iosilzon’s work through persistent duality between text and subtext, clarity and opaqueness. Often painting directly on silk or thin cotton or linen, the artist’s approach is thoughtfully communicated through materials that point to weightlessness and delicacy. Yet these surfaces, which suggest the “looming, conscious fragility” of narrative thread, reconfigure themselves as a ploy to create distance, with the artist likening her choice of medium to a “mosquito net”, at once offering transparency and impenetrability, courting the parasitic viewer but frustrating ultimate consummation.