Folk art is a monolith, it is impossible to reform it, but you can, using ancient technologies, create your own forms — images of contemporary art
Ustina Yakovleva studies the culture of the folks of the North, which is reflected in her work. With the embroidery and graphic works, the artist tries to reactualize folk art practices and remind about the value of time, combining the problems of contemporary art with the ancient techniques of decorative-applied art. The main aspects of the artist's work are femininity, painstaking manual labor and meditative contemplation.
She participated in the Gridchinkholl residence in the Moscow Region, the Zarya residence in Vladivostok, the Vyksa residence in Nizhny Novgorod and the Flacon 1170 residence in Sochi. In 2014, Ustina won the STRABAG Young Artists nomination in Vienna, and in 2020 she won the AES + F Artist Residency Award in New York. Her works are in the private collections in Russia, Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria and Holland.