Fernweh: Into the Blue continues Andjana Pachkova’s exploration of longing in her 2nd solo exhibition at Stanley Street Gallery. 'Fernweh' means far-sickness, or longing for far-away, unexplored places. It is, in a way, nostalgia for what has never been, or more precisely for where one has never been.
“This topic is especially prescient due to the events that unfolded internationally in the year of 2020”. - Andjana Pachkova
The Ukrainian-born, Russian-raised and American-educated artist has been considering the concept of fernweh and gaining inspiration from her newly found passion for surfing Australia’s east coast.
Words by Richard Goodwin (2020)
Andjana Pachkova’s last exhibition was titled “Fernweh”, which is German for a longing for faraway places. Freedom. Unsurprising that she is a Russian painter and lawyer residing in Byron Bay and Sydney and exhibiting in Sydney and overseas.
Freedom of movement.
But whose freedom are we really addressing and where does it come from?
So here we are in our Post-Modern shutdown. We have a burgeoning of Indigenous art within the latest Biennale. Also, we have the new threats of the coronavirus and climate change to match Modernism’s two wars.
Her lineage is anchored to:
De Kooning”s lyrical sweeping gestures and the violent collapse of his women.
George Baselitz’s axe-like slashes and upside-down-ness.
These paintings respect their roots but be in no doubt as to their intention to break the rule that art can’t happen on holidays. They are playful.
AP is pure energy and Russian resilience. Always swimming and surfing and determined to do it well, she exposes herself to the chaos and luminosity of the ocean as though it were her palette. The antithesis of Claude Monet, who made Lily Ponds out of blindness and immobility, AP is a streak of lightening, a shooting star.
Andjana Pachkova: Artist Statement & Bio
I am a cosmopolitan oddball, born in Ukraine, transported by family circumstance to Russia, blown by the wind of change to America and finally putting some sort of roots here in Sydney, on the gorgeous east coast of Australia.
I painted and drew all my life but circumstances of my upbringing were such that I ended up a Wall Street and then a Silicon Valley corporate lawyer. Fortune has been decidedly mine, however, to be able to devote myself to art full time as of 2013 and here I am now proudly a represented artist with Stanley Street Galley in Sydney, with my first gallery solo exhibition, another two solo shows coming up within a year and many group shows I took part in.
I did not come to art early or directly or easily but I am here to stay because this path is deeply felt, thought through and wished for. Besides, being an artist is one of those careers where having a life of experiences - good and bad - is a positive thing, experience gives meaning and context.
As a visual artist I am captivated by everything I see in the world around me. I am enthralled by the things we hear - music and exploration of sounds really help the development of my visual language and expression of my themes. Music especially is a primary source of inspiration in my work.
I am not doing this to make pretty pictures. I want to make true pictures all the while reflecting the complex aesthetics I have developed over a life span of travelling across the globe. I am now settled in Sydney with my husband and our young family of boys. Life is busy and I am happy when I am in the quiet of my studio, listening to music and painting.
Andjana (Andy) Pachkova comes from the traditional Russian art tutoring background. Following Perestroika, in the early 1990s, she took classes at Stroganov Moscow State University of Art and Industry, as well as studied with various private tutors.
In 1997 Pachkova won a prestigious Davis Fellowship and subsequently moved to the United States to pursue a graduate degree in liberal arts at Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, Pachkova took a visual arts class to enhance her drawing technique. After that she studied art at the night courses at NYU, and later, continued her studies here in Australia through a two-year study at Northbridge Visual Art School (“NVAS”) (earned Diploma of Visual Arts in 2014) and at the Willoughby Art Center (“WAC”) and the Wollarha Waverly Art School (“WWAS”). At WAC, NVAS and WWAS Pachkova studied with such notable local artists as Idris Murphy, Jo Bertini, Brandt Lewis, Denis Clarke and Tony Tozer, among others. Recently Pachkova started developing an interest in printmaking and ceramics which further informed her understanding of her artistic practice.
Andjana Pachkova holds a Master of Law from Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) and a Bachelor of Laws from Moscow International University. Pachkova has lived and studied law and art in many countries and has had a wealth of experiences and imagery that she has been working on integrating in her art.
Having moved to Australia in 2013, Pachkova developed a keen passion for the Australian landscape and has enjoyed the local art scene ever since. The artist has passionately explored the Australian landscape through line and color. Pachkova is interested in understanding the subtle changes in the human psyche that occur when a person moves through a series of places. Her further interest lies in discovering how that mutual interaction of the human being and the landscape shapes both. Pachkova is captivated by the never-ending dance of the nature and the human, passionate and loving to be sure, yet mostly violent, and at times exploitative.
Pachkova lives and works in Willoughby, NSW with her husband and three young sons.
As of April 2017, Pachkova is represented by Stanley Street Gallery in New South Wales and Mercury Gallery in Moscow.
Andjana Pachkova: CV August, 2020
Awards and achievements
Pachkova's works are held in private collections across the United States, including Harvard Law faculty in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Russia, all over Australia, Iceland, Finland, Israel and Lebanon.
Reviews and publicity
Several appearances of Pachkova's paintings in the Secret City TV series, 2018-2019, available on Foxtel and Nextflix.
Music Album Cover Commissions:
Reza Naeemi: Castle in the Sky, July 1, 2018
The Best Pessimist: Drawing the Endless Shore, DRAMA November 2017
MUUI: Seminal relased on MicroCastle, February 2017
Paranoid Dancer/Patrik Carrera: Vacant, January 2017
Paranoid Dancer/Patrik Carrera: Type 7-9, December 2016
Paranoid Dancer/Patrik Carrera Whim, December 2016
Paranoid Dancer: Reset November 2016
Directorships and Community Involvement:
In 2017 Andjana Pachkova was elected to the Board of Director of Workshop Art Center in Willoughby, Sydney area. Andjana serves as the Chairwoman on the Programming Committee of the board.