Megasoma Mars

Снимок экрана 2015-02-13 в 15.04.23

Born 1992 in St. Petersburg. 2011 – St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Biology. 2012–2013 – University of the Arts, St. Martin’s College (London), Illustration foundation. 2013 – University of the Arts (London), Camberwell, BA in Illustration. Lives and works in Moscow.

Megasoma's ouevre lies on the border of book illustration performed like story boards and surreal graphics. Her biomorphic words are inhabited with various existing and imagined insects, mice, rats and creatures of unknown origin. The artist remains devoted to her favorite subject – daily routine of the world beneath our feet.

She made her first steps in art by fixing her ideas in Moleskine, which has become her permanent companion. Interested in biology and micro world Megasoma Mars gets inspiration from her childhood spent in the countryside, biological faculty at university, her personal entomology collection, and anatomy theatres and exhibits of Hunterian Museum at Royal College of Surgeons and Herb Garret Museum (London). Her impressive, strikingly detailed drawings are far from naïve pretty illustrations for children books but are invaded with odd, often cruel scenes, reminiscent of horror films and cartoons. The artist has been extending the borders of miniature stepping into a bigger graphics, installation and objects. Her recent works involve mixed media, fabric, silicone casts, texture, etc. She addresses tactile structures to overcome the limits of graphics and animate her characters, make them more expressive. Obsessive nature of the artist doesn’t allow her hands stay in rest and this also stems from her childhood, which was devoted to various crafts. She explains “It is getting pleasure in being exhausted by drawing that drives me. Biological process of decay and at the same time purity of the dead body and texture gave birth to desire for tactile things.”

Current exhibitions:
20.03.2015 – 05.04.2015
– «The Loved Dead Ones and Their Martyrdom», Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Selected exhibitions:

2015
– ART STAGE SINGAPORE (booth with Triumph Gallery), Sands Expo And Convention Center Hall, Singapore
2014
– «The Terrible in Art», Ground Gallery, Moscow, Russia
– VIENNAFAIR (booth with Triumph Gallery), Vienna, Austria
2013
– «The Cut in Art», Mikhail Shemyakin's Foundation, St. Petersburg, Russia