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Larissa Smith

Master of Fine Art

About me

I was born in Moscow in 1970. I studied at Moscow Lenin University reading Linguistics and German. In 1999 I moved to the UK and completed a PGCE at Leeds University. A few years ago, I took up painting and drawing and in September 2022 I started my MA in Fine Art at UCLan.
When I started my MA my art was centred around the Dutch Still Life School of the 17th and 18th centuries I have now moved towards a contemporary approach involving surrealism and the use of Artificial Intelligence.
Conceptually, I have considered the poststructuralist approaches of Barthes and Derrida, particularly ‘mythologies’ and ‘deconstruction’ in art. A further development has been an exploration of ‘hypernormalisation’, which seems relevant to my childhood in the Soviet Union and also to modern Britian, where disillusionment with the political system is making people retreat into their own fake reality and safety zones.

My project is centred on the idea of using two conflicting styles of painting united by the same, or similar texts. The two styles I have used are the Dutch Still Life School and surrealism based on images produced by Artificial Intelligence. My intention in pairing images in this way, is to increase awareness about the fluidity of textual meaning and to demonstrate through art, how myths and symbols use an overly simplified view of the world to make a fake reality. The process of distortion is one of the elements of Hypernormalisation.

Larissa Smith / The Making of a Purse / 2023 / pair, series ‘Hypernormalisation, Deconstruction and the Machine’ / oil pastel on paper / 28.5 cm x 28.5 cm

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Larissa Smith / The Making of a Purse / 2023 / pair, series ‘Hypernormalisation, Deconstruction and the Machine’ / oil pastel on paper / 28.5 cm x 28.5 cm

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Larissa Smith / Pearls before Swine / 2023 / pair, series ‘Hypernormalisation, Deconstruction and the Machine’ / oil pastel on paper / 28.5 cm x 28.5 cm

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Larissa Smith / Pearls before Swine / 2023 / pair, series ‘Hypernormalisation, Deconstruction and the Machine’ / oil pastel on paper / 28.5 cm x 28.5 cm

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Larissa Smith / Ozymandias / 2023 / pair, series ‘Hypernormalisation, Deconstruction and the Machine’ / oil pastel on paper / 28.5 cm x 28.5 cm

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Larissa Smith / Ozymandias / 2023 / pair, series ‘Hypernormalisation, Deconstruction and the Machine’ / oil pastel on paper / 28.5 cm x 28.5 cm

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Larissa Smith / Jack and Jill / 2023 / pair, series ‘Hypernormalisation, Deconstruction and the Machine’ / oil pastel on paper / 28.5 cm x 28.5 cm

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Larissa Smith / Jack and Jill / 2023 / pair, series ‘Hypernormalisation, Deconstruction and the Machine’ / oil pastel on paper / 28.5 cm x 28.5 cm

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Larissa Smith / Foodbank / 2023 / pair, series ‘Hypernormalisation, Deconstruction and the Machine’ / oil pastel on paper / 28.5 cm x 28.5 cm

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Larissa Smith / Foodbank / 2023 / pair, series ‘Hypernormalisation, Deconstruction and the Machine’ / oil pastel on paper / 28.5 cm x 28.5 cm

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Keywords: Hypernormalisation, Modern mythology, Politics, Hyperrealism, AI surrealism, Dutch still life school


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