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Cosmic Love

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Author:
Alex Kalenova

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Author:
Alex Kalenova

Initially, I was gripped by the idea of how young lesbians who just start understanding their identity are trapped by the societal pressure of the patriarchy and queer stereotypes, which makes them feel isolated: they realize that their desires aren’t met with understanding. Society and pop-culture dictate for them to want a man, and those few visual representations of lesbians are mostly created to satisfy the fantasies of heterosexual couples. The desire for a strong romantic bond between two women isn’t taken seriously. It’s a triptych: it’s about a dream that women are forced to hide. Their “perfect woman” is just a dream for now, she is made of stars, and it may take many years for her to become real. But she is worth the wait.
Художница из Санкт-Петербурга. Впервые выставляю свои работы на русскую аудиторию, так как привыкла общаться в основном с зарубежными почитателями, которые и вдохновляют меня на то, чтобы рисовать сапфические картины дальше. Если бы не они, я бы искренне считала, что это никому не нужно. Оказалось - нужно, и самое главное - нужно мне, иметь перед глазами творческое отображение спокойной и светлой любви, без драм, надрыва и травм. Мои картины для меня - как доказательство того, что крепкая и долгая любовь среди лесбиянок существует. Изначально я рисовала только реальные лесби-пары из России. Теперь не только.
Artist from Saint Petersburg. Exhibiting my work for a Russian audience for the first time, I’m used to having connections with foreign admirers, who inspire me to keep creating sapphic illustrations. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have believed that anyone needed my work. But they do, and, most importantly, I do: it’s important to have this creative representation of peaceful and radiant love, without the drama, the breakdowns, and the trauma. My illustrations are proof that there can be strong and long-lasting love between lesbians. Before, I only drew real lesbian couples from Russia. Not anymore.
Initially, I was gripped by the idea of how young lesbians who just start understanding their identity are trapped by the societal pressure of the patriarchy and queer stereotypes, which makes them feel isolated: they realize that their desires aren’t met with understanding. Society and pop-culture dictate for them to want a man, and those few visual representations of lesbians are mostly created to satisfy the fantasies of heterosexual couples. The desire for a strong romantic bond between two women isn’t taken seriously. It’s a triptych: it’s about a dream that women are forced to hide. Their “perfect woman” is just a dream for now, she is made of stars, and it may take many years for her to become real. But she is worth the wait.