In her work, Anya often wonders about the cohabitation of nature and technology and frequently illustrates contemporary culture as it is umpired by screen time – something we can all relate too.
Art Zealous stole a moment with Anya to discuss the psychology behind her lovely art.
Art Zealous: Astrological sign?
Anya Rubin: Aries.
AZ: You’ve lived around the world, where is your dream destination?
AR: I found Petra in Jordan to be a mystical ancient marvel.
AZ: Drink order?
AZ: How do you think boundaries blur between the tech world and the natural world?
AR: I try to depict a culture struggling to evolve at the same pace as technology. I recently started a group of works where I use technology to reimagine nature, using “cells and vessels” to create this life-affirming support structure.
AZ: What is your technique in capturing human spirit in your portraits?
AR: I try to paint people I know to capture their personality. I take a photograph, take it through multiple technical stages and then I create a pattern that I transfer to the canvas. Finally I begin to paint. I think the process parallels our Photoshopped profile photos on social media.
AZ: Can you elaborate on the idea of self-representation and its distorted reality in your portraits, especially in relation to society’s obsession with social media and selfies?
AR: I’m infatuated with the way individuals represent themselves on social media. I have specifically chosen to do portraits of close up faces as most people on social media give that part of their body most attention. I believe that social media almost forces people to manipulate their self-identity, to distort reality in order to attract and to get “likes.”
AZ: What can we expect to see from you in the future?
AR: I will continue asking questions through technology and paint about our contemporary culture and human nature.
AZ: How can we follow you?