Karina Akopyan

Dancing gargoyles

Photography

Artist name

Karina Akopyan

Year

2020

Artwork information

Edition of 30, Gicl̩e prints on Hahnemuhle 308 gsm paper, all signed and numbered, 42 x 43 cm including white borders

Description

The original idea for this was to create a piece showing a gentle relationship between two angelic yet horned hermaphrodite creatures. Instead of focusing on gender I wanted to focus on body and delicate beauty.

For design of those costumes I was inspired by albino bats and gargoyles. I specifically chose Gargoyles for the title because they are always portrayed as such ugly creatures. I don't see beauty without ugliness and ugliness without beauty. To me two coexist perfectly together.

£330

About the artist

With an aesthetic rooted in fetishism and decorative style of Russian folk, Karina Akopyan’s work features painting, photography, sculpture, installations and a selection of costume pieces. The series is a bold questioning of sexuality, religion, ritual, and iconography – in all their jarring coexistence yet inevitable convergence; debating the preservation of values and traditions, as either a beautiful necessity or, rather, a deceleration of progress.