Ustina Yakovleva’s artistic practice is largely based on tactile experience: working with memory through remembering and forgetting.Yakovleva’s creative practice spans across two temporal dimensions, a long laborious meditative process of embroidery and a revisiting of the ancient practice of creating ritual objects, which overlap with each other to generate a new sense of perception. According to Ancient Greek mythology, Ariadna’s thread is a way out of Minotaur’s labyrinth, a way of escaping death. Yakovleva’s art creates another labyrinth in order to escape a new threat—the rigidity of comfortable eternal life. The immortal jellyfish is a source of inspiration for Yakovleva: This creature can reverse its biological cycle and, by constantly changing its form, is able to bypass death.

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