• Lot 17. Katia Lyubavskaya
  • Lot 17. Katia Lyubavskaya
  • Lot 17. Katia Lyubavskaya
  • Lot 17. Katia Lyubavskaya

Lot 17. Katia Lyubavskaya

Title: I made you(r) smile, 2023

Rarity: Unique

Size: 72.2 x 87.6 cm

Materials: PVC shiny stretch fabric on aluminium panel

Medium: Sculpture

Name: Katia Lyubavskaya

Nationality: Russian
b. 1982

Katia Lyubavskaya is a London based artist residing in Stoke Newington. She graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute (State Academy) in the faculty of public and residential buildings. After a decade in urban planning, Katia left the architectural path for artistic practice in 2019.

The artist widely uses smiley symbol in her work as it is a main sign of international language. Sad or happy the symbol serves as a global icon of communication, transcending linguistic, cultural, and geographic boundaries and resonates with Katia as an immigrant.

In her work the artist also demonstrates visual tricks either followed by or consisting of the wordplay, where the title itself occasionally becomes an object. The artist believes that the wordplay, also known as a pun, is a fundamental and highly influential component of modern culture. It is a form of online expression that combines humor, wit, and often a touch of absurdity. Wordplay is a dynamic and essential element of meme culture. It often involves the creation of new words or phrases.

Wordplay is not limited to text; it's also expressed visually. Memes use clever juxtapositions, visual puns, and image-text combinations to deliver punchlines. It adds a layer of creativity and humor to online communication, making memes not only entertaining but also a form of artistic expression.