A Chat With Yelena Bryksenkova - August Artist of the Month

dance party for one by Yelena Bryksenkova;  pen, watercolor, gouache on paper

dance party for one by Yelena Bryksenkova;  pen, watercolor, gouache on paper

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an Olympic swimmer, a ballerina (duh), maybe even a painter at some point. I also remember fantasizing about babysitting for Eminem when I was about 13.

 

What are you listening to right now?

I've been listening to a lot of Italian music from from the 60s-70s all summer, Matia Bazar mostly.

Greeting card by Yelena Bryksenkova, available at Citizen Vintage

Greeting card by Yelena Bryksenkova, available at Citizen Vintage

still life by Yelena Bryksenkova; pen, watercolor, gouache on paper

still life by Yelena Bryksenkova;

pen, watercolor, gouache on paper

In 5 words, how would you describe your aesthetic?

Intricate, warm, introspective, nostalgic, and the word "toska" - a very Russian brand of melancholy

Did you go to art school or are you self taught?

I have a BFA in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. I also studied for a semester at the Academy of Applied and Decorative Arts in Prague.

If your window display was a planet what celebrities would live there?

I had to google "celebrities" because I couldn't think of any. I can see Lana Del Rey or Regina Spektor feeling at home on my cut-paper planet.

What are you working on right now?

A series of miniature nudes for the next Enormous Tiny Art Show in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Nude by Yelena Bryksenkova; pen, watercolor, gouache on paper for the exhibition enormous tiny art show no. 18 september 4 - 27, 2015

Nude by Yelena Bryksenkova; pen, watercolor, gouache on paper

for the exhibition enormous tiny art show no. 18
september 4 - 27, 2015

Born in Saint Petersburg and raised in the United States, Yelena Bryksenkova has been a freelance illustrator and fine artist since 2010, creating illustrations for books, magazines, greeting cards and packaging. Her small pen and gouache paintings are inspired by the comforts of home and cherished objects, as well as more magical, mysterious and melancholy themes.

 

Yelena's window display and exhibited works will be on display at Citizen Vintage until Septemeber 6, 2015.