Inna Babaeva is a sculptor who embraces absurdity, playfully approaching everyday objects with a sense of the impossible. Oozing lava-like forms spill over mundane objects such as clocks, wine glasses and chairs, each altered by the addition of colorful, spray-foamed masses that appear to glow & flow with a mind of their own. As if stopped in time, these strange pulsating forms appear to defy gravity, occupying a range of colors from gloppy, neon orange and slimer green to a nullifying, muscular grey. Fans of surrealism will embrace the oddity of Inna’s world.
Repetition & the use of intoxicating color bring to mind the tableaus by Sandy Skoglund; while the transformation of functional objects warrants a nod to Meret Oppenheim. Predominantly non-representational, Babaeva has begun to group her sculptural work into ‘generations’ linked together by the time and place of their creative evolution and bearing reference to their origin. In a recent act of guerilla art, she ruefully installed transformed (aka ‘innafied’) IKEA items back into the store during opening hours & documented the results. Babaeva also enjoys making video, photo installations, and is working on a line of wearable art.
Inna Babaeva is a visual artist born in Ukraine. She received her MFA from Rutgers University and BFA from Florida Atlantic University. She has shown extensively in New York City including a recent solo exhibition at TSA New York, as well as group exhibitions at Sardine, Underdonk, Storefront Ten Eyck and Brooklyn Academy of Music (all Brooklyn) and Anna Kustera Gallery, Brian Morris Gallery (Manhattan). Babaeva’s work has been reviewed in ArtFCity, Sleek magazine, We Heart, and Artnews, and she has been interviewed for Gorky’s Granddaughter and Progress Report video blogs. She was a 2014 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant nominee and resident at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in Dumbo, Brooklyn in 2015.