СЕРИИ РАБОТ
"From the HOLIDAY
to the HOLIDAY"
Here is a great holiday festive
I'm sitting by the window,
I look to the sky higher
And I can see a festive salute there ...
(D.A. Prigov)

"If you imagine the structure of everyday life of an ordinary person", says Anastasia Kuznetsova-Ruf, " so they are looped in the scheme as a rule "from holiday to holiday". That is, from one interesting and bright event - through a series of gray and similar one another day - until the next, "well-deserved" holiday, fun".
1. "Pressure-1", canvas, coal, acrylic, 120x130 cm, 2017
2. "Pressure-2", canvas, coal, acrylic, 80x136 cm, 2017
3. "Pressure-3", canvas, coal, acrylic 105x220 cm, 2018
4. "Salute", canvas, coal, acrylic 146х105sm, 2017
5. "Rudder", canvas, coal, acrylic 165х170sm, 2013
6. "Headless Horseman", canvas, coal, acrylic 150x140cm, 2013
7. "Incoming call", canvas, coal, acrylic 195x100cm, 2013
8. "Eye" canvas, coal, acrylic 90x110cm, 2016
9. "Spyware", canvas, coal, acrylic 80х110cm, 2016
10. "Over the edge", canvas, coal, acrylic 80x110cm, 2016
11. "Octopus", canvas, coal, acrylic 145х105sm, 2013
12. "On the Jamon", canvas, coal, acrylic 100х75см, 2016
«От праздника
до праздника»
"If you imagine the structure of everyday life of an ordinary person", says Anastasia Kuznetsova-Ruf, " so they are looped in the scheme as a rule "from holiday to holiday". That is, from one interesting and bright event - through a series of gray and similar one another day - until the next, "well-deserved" holiday, fun".
"Salute" — is the central work of this project, reflecting two opposites in a series of days, months, years of human life. It's holidays and everyday life. In this work, Anastasia used her skillful composition technique, creating a sense of the vastness of the space that fills most of the canvas. The picture is deserted, in the lower part only of the canvas, in the darkness of the night, on the front line a close window view of a window sill with binoculars and an apple stub on a plate. In the distance, on the line of the horizon there are flashes of fireworks - there is a holiday, through the haze lights the city, finely depicted below. Anastasia uses the color sparingly, however, the tonal gradation of the greyish-bluish allows her to give a lot of nuances and meanings to the plot. Alas, the holiday is far from the outside observer of life - the owner of the window sill.
Note that A. Kuznetsova-Ruf is busy not only with the solution of purely plastic tasks, in front of her audience she acts partly as a mentor. So, in the project "Do not miss" (2013) Anastasia shows how building grandiose plans and air locks, a person can miss life itself, and at the exhibition "Growth Point" (2015), she proves the need for a constant evolution of personality. It seems that now the artist speaks of a modern man who is most afraid of wallowing in everyday life, everyday works, boredom and despair of which was described so symbolically by DA Prigov: "Only you will wash the dishes / Look, there is a new / What freedom is there / until old age b live".
Weekdays in the paintings of Kuznetsova-Ruf (Pressure-I, Head-II, Head-III, Incoming Call, Headless Rider, Rudder, Octopus, Apples) is brighter than her works with images of holidays (Salute, Old New Year, Tsar-fish, Over the edge, Spy, On the Jamon, Eye). Girls - heroines of everyday pictures are exposed, their bodies are full of energy, life and beauty. The bodies of the girls are voluminous, their mean colors in the subtlest nuances of the shades of brown - it resists the whiteness of the surrounding space. Feeling of a holiday and explosion of emotions, is created by bright splashes of paint: crimson, yellow, green, bursting from under the hands of girls under pressure (Pressure-I, II, III).
"As a child, a holiday is a happy day, someone invented and organized and fun can consist simply of trifles" (A.Kuznetsova-Ruf). A lovely girl looks in a telescope or all disappeared behind a plate with some yummy. In the works of Anastasia, children's characters are not just touching, but always contrast the inner child's freedom with the self-control of an adult. "A holiday for an adult is an incentive to live and move on. For some, this is a happy event that awaits you ahead, but for others it can be a real joy: tasty food, love, communication with the child, etc. ", the author of the project notes. "Holidays" A. Kuznetsova-Ruf or black and white, or in their images, she contrasts various shades of light dark or black, brownish, gray. Everyday life in A.Kuznetsova-Ruf's works is filled with movement, energy, pleasure to live. Her holidays are intimate, interfamily. In them, the peace and tenderness of loved ones, loving people.

Irina Filatova