The fantasy world often serves as an escape from reality, its limitations, and its many social, economic, and corporeal restrictions. Reality, in turn, is often desired amidst the delusions of the fantastic. However, the two are not always separate. The artist pulls from a diverse set of references: from Shiva Lingam paintings that are seen as symbols of energy, then to the abstract physicality of Elizabeth Murray's work, to the delicate and decorative from Florine Stettheimer and the Early American Modernist Visionary works of Forrest Bess – Baras's works are physical, archaeological and gritty. Her work takes abstraction to its most tactile moment and then folds in cryptic codes on the surface of the paintings that the viewer is invited to decode.
About the artist
Born in Syzran, Russia
Live and works in New York, USA
Yevgeniya Baras is a painter living and working in New York, NY. She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Fine Arts and Psychology, alongside an MS in Education and her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a recipient of the Graduate Honors Fellowship. Baras co-founded and curated Regina Rex Gallery from 2010 – 2018 and was the co-founder and curator of Bull and Ram, a Migratory Curatorial Project from 2011 – 2015.