by Zolton in New Art on Thursday 27 March 2008

I love the work of Irena Zablotska, aka Joulu, a graffiti artist from the Ukraine: ‘on the streets and on paper, her unique voice comes alive through her intriguing characters, bizarre beings who come together to dance, play, sob, and share secrets. Depending on how you yourself are feeling when you look at them, different ideas and meanings present themselves as to just who these mysterious individuals are, their faces and bodies overwhelmed with energy and emotion. Sometimes Joulu herself doesn’t have words for what she is trying to express in her intensely personal pieces, but through drawing, she gives the paper a voice all of its own. Some of the beings in her work resemble humans, while others look like nothing ever seen before, yet they all share a fleeting air of merriment coupled with an acceptance of suffering, a strange dichotomy that characterizes the entrancing alternate universe of Joulu’s creation’.

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