Tatyana Tshursinova (b. 1946) is an artist residing in St Petersburg, creating textile design, book illustrations, as well as paintings and graphic art.
The exhibition in Viljandi shows a collection of textile collages and miniatures by the artist. Just like she combines different materials (linen, cotton, silk, viscose) and techniques (appliqué, quilting) in her narrative textile pictures, she may easily place an old family photo, a hen, an African woman in folk costume, a stone sphinx, a farmer, a rabbit with an umbrella, the famous poet Pushkin and an angel, side by side, in one picture. Her portrait series feature, also all side by side, historical figures, random people met on the underground, faces well-known from TV, and friends. To suppress the perfectionism of a professional textile designer in herself, she tries to be as prone to experimenting as possible. This is expressed, for example, in the
9-metre work “The Path ”, which can also be seen at the exhibition in the Kondas Centre.
Tatyana Tshursinova graduated from the Leningrad Academy of Art and the Leningrad Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design in Textile Design. From 1970 to early 1990s she made large-scale works for public buildings, and designed and painted fabrics in a Decorative Applied Art Factory. In connection with changes in the society in the 1990s she focused on her original creations, and her textile works became many times smaller in size. Her first book illustrations date from 1971.
exhibition was supported by the Estonian Cultural Endowment.