Aglaya Nikonorova and her husband, Alexander, as Guido Reni’s “Salome with the Head of John the Baptist.”

Pastime of Bored Russians Turns into Global Phenomenon

Under lockdown and isolated from others, people’s minds have wandered to many creative places. A tangerine turned to a sunflower and other household items transformed. 

Many people have had much more time on their hands and have used it to get creative.

A Facebook group created by to share lo-fi recreations of famous paintings now has over 540,000 members.

The group was started in Moscow by a manager at a tech company. The group has grown immensely and over one-third of the members live outside of Russia.

Elena Pozharitskaya as Modigliani’s “Jeanne Hebuterne with Necklace.” Her husband, Alexander, is the photographer.

The group has various rules or guidelines which include no Photoshop, no criticism, and no pictures taken away from the home.

Family members, pets, and household items are corralled to recreate images of iconic art works.

The grace and mystery of the Renaissance era is captured using air-conditioning ducts, toilet paper rolls, and plastic forks. 

“The empty streets no longer feel like reality,” said 38-year-old creator and founder of the Facebook group, Katerina Brudnaya-Chelyadinova, describing the transition of reality to her home.

Recreation of a Queen Elizabeth I Portrait 

The group’s name, Izoizolyacia, is a combination of the Russian words for “visual arts” and “isolation.”

Julia Vasilenko, a piano teach in Connecticut, set out to take the opportunity to not only recreate the famous painting, “Composition VI” by Wassily Kandinsky, but to give it a new meaning. 

She sets the recreation in her son’s messy room and arranges various objects to symbolize the original artist’s musical and marine motifs as well as remind the viewer of the present day. 

Recreation of Frida Kahlo's "The Broken Column"

A striking painting by Vasily Vereshchagin has been recreated at least 34 times in one month, with artists piling materials such as frozen dumplings, wine corks, potatoes, popcorn, trash bags, and chicken bones to recreate the image.

In another instance, A Ukrainian businessman created a work which he titled “The Apotheosis of Quarantine” in which he stacked up 210 rolls of toilet paper. 

Many more examples of superb creativity can be found in the group such as from Amber Barrera. Barrera piled a red dress, blanket, and stuffed animals on an upside-down stool and posed to recreate her favorite Frida Kahlo painting “Without Hope.”

“It’s like you finally have the right to occupy yourself with nonsense, and no one will criticize you for it,” Julia Vasilenko said.

Recreation of Mikhail Vrubel's "The Demon Seated"

This form of copying and recreating artworks is not new, several museums even encourage art fans to send in these recreations that bring to life their favorite works.

*partially sourced @ www.nytimes.com


 




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