After art university graduation, Anna Bogushevskaya (b.1987 in Moscow, Russia) worked as a designer, making murals, and furniture decoration. She has always admired the play of light and shadow, and the transformation of space through mural illusions. In 2018, Anna began to paint more and more life paintings and plein airs, gaining more self-expression. In 2020, she moved to Singapore, inspired by tropical nature. Here she started her art research and actively works in the techniques of oil painting and soft pastels.
“How can we readjust our relationship with the home world that we persistently call "nature"? How can we reconsider nature, seeing it not as an ideal, but as an area of common responsibility? How can human beings, with all their heavy and rich backgrounds, integrate themselves into the ecosystem in a harmonious way? Perhaps one day the answers will serve as the foundation for the project of the future. I express these new forms of politics in my practice, finding ways to visually decode theory, to translate it into a sensual, aesthetic experience.
The viewpoint for her symbolic language is the new human being, who is capable of entering into collaboration with other species as equal actors in the environment. This human being is an integral part of the whole world. They do not merge with the world, but remain themselves. Without losing their identity, their culture, and their history, the human being enters into an equal field of political expression, in which there is a place for them and millions of other species. The optics I use is a human view of the self, through the filters of visual culture, which recalls the art of the past. Compositionally and plastically, I work with the kind of empathic nature of the image that seems to translate the character's view of the self. It is in this ability to see itself from the outside that I find the source of a ghostly hope for humanity to emerge from the mode of total blindness, to be able to talk about itself, to think about itself and to draw conclusions.”