Anna Kunyaeva
Ceramic artist, sculptor, animalist
Bio

Born in 1991 in Russia, Moscow.
Graduated from Moscow State University of Lomonosov, internship in university Roma Tre (Italy).
Studied at Higher School of Interior Design of the Moscow Architectural Institute.

Member of Moscow Artists' Union and Association of Moscow Sculptors.

The artwork is presented by Russian galleries such as Centre of Modern Art Creador, 4ceramics showroom (Moscow), Belova art gallery (Kazan) and are in private collections.
Exhibition history

Artist's statement

I am mainly interested in hand-sculpting, animalistic and primitive art.
The animal world is meaningful to me, it opens a unique space where it's safe to be childish, human, fragile. From childhood it always seemed to me that among images of animals I feel at home. Therefore I have strong feelings towards rare and extinct animals, I am anxious and sad about ecological problems and any extinction of living creatures.
I am very inspired by primitive art, caves, the wild and authentic vision of prehistoric people. In my sculptures I create the esthetics of objects being destroyed by time. I want to make them feel like wild rocks that convey a sense of history and yet remain alive.


Practices&technique

As mediums I prefer ceramics and stone. While sculpting I enjoy the direct contact with the materials. It gives a wide space for tactile sensations which is all about the ancient preverbal world.
Working with clay I adore this soft touch of hands that remains in the ceramic pieces. In order to create the texture of an old surface I choose the roughest chamotte clay and highlight its rich natural relief mainly with oxides and glazes. To achieve matte color effects I fire the objects many times till I get the right feeling of holding an ancient piece created millenniums of years ago.
Working with stone I choose mild spongy types such as tuff and limestone. I use manual instruments, it can be also harder stones. As a medium, stone gives a feeling of primitive world, a stone is solid and stubborn, I respect stones for this.
Series "Animal rocks"
Like old fossils, the statues of animals tell the viewers about the flow of time. They have scratches and marks on the surface as if they were found in some archeological excavation. The animals are still alive, warm and breathing, we recognize their generalized shape. At the same time they feel like silent old stones that have miraculously survived through history.
Survived
Survived
Chamotte clay, oxides, glazes. 2022
Seal
Seal
Chamotte clay, glazes, stone, 25х28х13 сm, 2023
The nambats
The nambats
Chamotte clay, oxides, glazes, 33х15х9cm, 19х9х6cm, 2022
Paleolithic Venus
Paleolithic Venus
Chamotte, glazes, oxides, 27х11х11cm, 2023
A bird with a broken wing
A bird with a broken wing
Chamotte clay, red clay, oxides, 34х25х25cm, 2022
Jiraffe
Jiraffe
Chamotte, oxides, glazes, wax resist, 74х54х22cm, 2023
2023
Baby bizon
Chamotte clay, oxide, 46х37х14cm
Cangaroo
Cangaroo
Chamotte clay, engobe, oxides, glazes, 34х29х15cm, 2022

A baby wombat for me is a symbol of curiosity, inner energy and stubborness. The texture of a mossy stone makes him feel like a statue in an ancient asian temple, looking at us with disobediance but still with interest. He gives an impression of a strong totem and yet a very dear beloved playful animal.
Wombat
Wombat
Stoneware, engobe, oxides, 22х13х18cm, 2023
Hare
Hare
Tuff, 33х20х18cm, 2023
In the zoo I saw pelicans, they were sitting fluffed out, frowning and looking with dignity and disregard. Then I heard the loud visitors, they said looking at the pelicans: "why aren't they moving, are they sick or what?!" "look how fat they are, they need to be fried!" I felt myself like an old wise bird that has endless patience to sit and listen to all that nonsense, silently, with nothing to answer. Because the pelican understands its nature, the beauty of imperfections, the fragility of life and so many profound and timeless things about this world that can not be expressed by words.
Pelikan
Pelikan
Chamotte clay, black clay, oxides, 50х37х25cm, 2022
Marmot
Marmot
Chamotte clay, oxide, pigment, 28х16х10cm. 2022
Indian elephant
Indian elephant
Chamotte clay, oxides, glazes. 30х24х18cm, 2023
Contacts
Moscow, Russia

+7 926 876 97 03
akun@yandex.ru