“A Throw of the Dice" (from the series inspired by the poem "A Throw of the Dice will Never Abolish Chance" by S. Mallarme)
Acrylic on canvas
Size 240 by 60 cm.
Provenance: Collection of the artist.
This work belongs to an evolving series of paintings she started early in 2022 inspired by Stephane Mallarme’s poem ‘A Throw of the Dice’ from which this one takes its title. The artist describes the process of creating this work. With her finger on screen of her iphone, she draws large strokes, then erases them. She repeats this action and saves the steps, she then repeats this action. She again saves the steps. She talks of completing the process spontaneously, sometimes returning to the drawing later and continuing to draw and erase. Rhythmically arranged strokes and fragments of erased elements make up the composition. The saved digital drawings form a series, which document the drawing process.
In 2022 Alisa Yoffe (born in Tashkent in 1987) is represented at the Eye of the Collector Art Fair in London. In 2020 she was named by the Art Newspaper Russia among a list of the top most promising 50 contemporary artists in Russia, where she took 4th place. Between 2017-2020 she collaborated with international fashion houses and luxury brands, such as Comme des Garcons, Cartier, Maison Margiela and Bonne Suits. She has also done work for the interior design company The Dot Home and the Richter Hotel in Moscow. She studied under Anatoly Osmolovsky, is a fellow of the Joseph Brodsky Fellowship Fund and was a resident of the American Academy in Rome from 2017-2018. When she was just 28 she was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the most promising young artists in Russia.