Acrylic on canvas
Size 130 by 130 cm
Provenance: collection of the artist
Karagöz is the Turkish name for shadow play using hands. Since 2019 Alisa Yoffe has been working on a series of compositions with hands. These are hand drawings where the fingers of one hand interact with the fingers of the other hand to form relationship portraits. In this work, the thumbs are folded as if showing an eye, while the other fingers are playfully spread out to resemble a peacock's tail.
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.