Selected works by Anna Parkina

Anna Parkina
Thick Steam Above The Wing Of A Sparrow


Wood, paint

143 x 129 x 70 cm
Anna Parkina


Collage, ink and gouache on paper, mounted on board

42.5 x 50 cm

Anna Parkina’s collages and sculptures, aesthetically reminiscent of Constructivist and Soviet propaganda art, are visual juggernauts from which to contemplate the anxieties of contemporary Russian culture and society.

Anna Parkina
The Hollow


Collage on paper, mounted on board

49.7 x 32.8 cm

Parkina was born and raised in the Soviet Union, and lived in Paris and California before returning to post-Soviet Moscow. Marked by a slightly distant, inside-outside perspective, her collages revisit the medium and explore it through old and new images evoking both past and present in her native country.

Anna Parkina
Zamki I Samki


Collage and gouache on paper, mounted on board

41 x 43 cm
Anna Parkina
The Case Is Open II


Gouache photocopy and ink on paper, mounted on board

58 x 68 cm
Anna Parkina
Hole In Highway


Collage, pencil, ink, gouache, books, photocopy on paper, mounted on board

43.5 x 61 cm

Her work may visually reference the historical Russian avant-garde, but it is also her own edit of the status quo – a set of image- and text-based conceptual, inscrutable ‘riddles’. Her collage works consist of abstract, geometric shapes, imagery taken from the mass media, cut-out printed type and hand-painted extras, completed by slightly cryptic titles. The result, despite the familiar nature of the genre and the ordinary quality of her materials, is both heady and mysterious.

Anna Parkina
White Turn To Be Black


Oil, photocopy, coloured paper, book and poster on canvas

60 x 70 cm
Anna Parkina


Oil, collage, poster on canvas

60 x 50 cm

Here, the everyday is re-configured and time suspended through a frenzy of layered, duplicated imagery and its suggestions – of nature, such as birds, and hands, but also of Soviet icons such as cars, instruments, buildings, trains, film still faces and sinister silhouettes of figures wearing fedoras.

Anna Parkina
Fist Timer


Oil and collage on canvas

50 x 40 cm

Her sculptures convey a similar magnetic excess. Thick Steam Above the Wing of a Sparrow stands on a plinth as a defined solid but also nebulous shape. The way it fits together mixes the order of sharp, utilitarian craftsmanship with a chaotically abstract, non-specific purpose. Like her collages, it is like a puzzle, and it’s easy to get lost looking into its engine of oddly patterned shapes and the hollows within.

Text by Lupe Nùñez-Fernández

Other Resources
Additional information and images – Anna Parkina
Various and images – Anna Parkina
Anna Parkina on Centre For Opinions In Music And Art – solo and group exhibitions and further projects
Anna Parkina in solo show Winners & Witnesses at Wilkinson Gallery project space, London, April – May 2008
Anna Parkina - video from Ladonia Biennial 2009
Anna Parkina in group show at Thierry Goldberg projects, New York, December – January 2008