"Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war.'
The Picasso quote 'art is done not to decorate apartments – art is an instrument of war' best illustrates Oneslutriot’s current practice.
Armed with paintbrushes and tattoo machines, provocateur-vandal and artivist Oneslutriot is bubbling up from the underground of London.
She is a queer political/social artivist/painter who has exhibited around Europe, including Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the UK. From the Feminist Punk/DIY/Underground scenes, she has coordinated and participated in events targeting injustice in daily life as an artistic mirror of the current crises, alongside co-curating and producing events and festivals for politically and socially conscious art. Her paintings are inspired by pop culture’s violence towards our mental health, how it is driven by the selfie boom and the idiotic perfection promoted in advertisements by the mass media. Her work has been recognised by New York Academy of Arts, where she has won a scholarship to take part at Academy’s Summer Residency next year.
For her, commercially conscious art is fake and worthless - another accessory for the privileged. For her, art is freedom, a militant medium to reflect the acute angle of the hologram that she perceives.
For her, art is war.
With brushstrokes and through collaboration she is inspiring other artists to believe in themselves: to rise up, unite, and throw away the decorative elements from their practice and truly do what their heart wants. Her recent years of studio practice analyse mass media and the porn industry’s side effects, namely how they create blockages to normality and reality, especially for young females.
Her art is a gateway: questioning and interrogating the tension between who we really are and who we are becoming. Her creativity is fueled by pop culture’s violence towards our mental health, how it is driven by the selfie boom, replicating the idiotic perfection promoted in advertisements. First of all a painter, Oneslutriot also utilises multidisciplinary media including drawing, illustration, mural art, tattooism as additional weapons in her artistic narrative.
Her current years of studio practise talks about our dystopian future as a human female, being no longer attractive enough and her own personal experience suffering from and fighting existing beauty standards in her daily life. Oneslutriot is voicing out for all those who endlessly compare themselves to pictures seen in advertisements, and girls who spend hours in front of the mirror trying to achieve replicas of ‘the perfect female’ that no biological woman will never be able to reach.
To transfer these issues on to canvas, Oneslutriot juxtaposes deformed yet anatomically rich bodies with grotesque poses. It sinks the viewer into dark, mysterious reflections of reality, and delivers the feeling of the unknown - the feeling of danger. Her paintings ridicule the nature of 'superstar' behaviours found in every young girls' social media feed, raising questions about contemporary standards, empowering females through
tearing away the misrepresentative masks of She and Her.