Warm letter, 2017




EUR 6,000 + VAT


Warm Letter, 2017 


Fur and mixed media

13 x 18 x 3cm


About this work


There is something perfect about a fresh covering of snow. Here, then, is a snowy white envelope which ought to contain a letter which is not just kept warm, but expresses warm sentiments: a Platonic ideal of communication. Yet ideals routinely depart from reality. The Siberian history that Yudina emphasizes suggests the missive could as easily relate to bad news, a betrayal, even a sentence of death…


Siberian artist Natasha Yudina (born Tomsk, Russia, 1982) has a delightfully straightforward reason for wrapping her sculptures in fur: it’s very cold in Tomsk! So ‘art in Siberia needs to be warmed up’. That foregrounds fur’s comforting aspect. But, as she points out, the brute fact is that it’s the skin of a dead animal – or person: it is estimated that there were over 400,000 political prisoners in Siberia in the 1930’s: 130,000 of them were shot, quite apart from those who starved or succumbed to the cold and disease. Her sculptures have a savage potential for irony.

Venus in fur, 2017


Venus in Fur, 2017

EUR 19,000 + VAT

Lenin's winter attire, 2017


Lenin’s Winter Attire, 2017  

EUR 13,000 + VAT