Asya and Dmitriy Kosin’s Art Group is a creative duet focused on exploring the possibilities of contemporary paper sculptures. Their interest as professional artists lays in the field of cultural research, archiving, and plastic expression of different historical, traditional and artistic renderings. Unique and complex designs are calling to be tried on, insistent on telling their stories through photographs and limited edition prints.
The versatile white paper is used not only as a tool, but also as a concept which helps to express the historical process in a symbolic fashion. The images of Mongolian, African, Scythian, Venetian, Baroque, Art nouveau cultures are easily recognizable while simultaneously metaphorical. A paraphrase of modern appropriation of history as a set of events cleared from insignias of the epochs, but often full of contemporary emotions and value judgements. Artists have since left the blank paper surface to be devoured by the perception of the viewer.
The plain white sheet works have become the artist’s signature mark. Asya and Dmitriy Kozin believe that white paper allows for them to accent form and conceal secondary details. All of their pieces are crafted by hand, each unique in its own right, never to be replicated. This individuality forms an opposition to multiplying media images created with the help of digital tools, a representation of modern visual culture. At first glance, one may suspect some of Kozin’s works to be graphically designed through digital means. Happily enough, these projects have been left unaltered by present-day technology, a true representation of craftsmanship.
1984, May 5 – born in the Dnepropetrovskaya Oblast, Ukraine
1999 – graduated from the Cherkassky Junior Art School
2009 – Zavtra.UA scholarship recipient from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Ukraine
2010 – graduated from the Khmelnitsy Cherkassky National University with a masters from the Visual and Decorative-Applied Art Faculty
2010 – winner of the Ukrainian Art Week international competition
С 2011 – lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia
Selected personal and group exhibitions
2015 – participant in the archeo-art-project “Return to Yakh”, Surgut Art Musuem
2014 – Kuklandia. Summer group exhibition, Surgut Art Museum
2013 – Tatyana Kalinina Dolls’ House art gallery, Petrozavodsk
2013 – The III BUMPROM International Specialized Paper Art Exhibition, Moscow
2013 – Time of the Dolls International Doll and Teddy Bear Exhibition, St. Petersburg
2009 – participant in the Kingdom of Dolls and Evolution of New Year/Christmas Tree Decorations exhibitions, State Toy Museum, Kiev
2009 – a series of exhibitions in the towns of Cherkassy and Rovno
2008 – an exhibition within the framework of the II International Pottery Festival, Oposhna
2007 – “A Passion for White”, the artist’s first personal exhibition, Cherkassy
Works by the artist are held by:
State Toy Museum (Kiev), Surgut Art Museum, Cherkassky Art Museum, Domodedovsky History-Art Museum
— Organiser of the “Your Talents, Cherkassy, Cherkassy, Ukraine
— Founder of the Gloria private children’s arts studio, teacher