Origins of Thought (Poster)Origins of Thought

A solo exhibition of 20 collages and works on paper by Marina Jijina

At Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, Hampstead, London NW35BA

27 November – 6 January

The exhibition is organized by the Tavistock Library and represents a collection of 20 works on paper by the London-based artist Marina Jijina. Being the artist’s seventh solo show, the exhibition combines her most recent work. Twenty original, hand drawn and cut out images of thinkers, writers, philosophers and characters from their books, viewed by the artist to be particularly significant for the origins and the development of European literary culture and thought over the past centuries. Some of the works focus of the achievements of the Enlightenment era, for instance the portrait of Catherine The Great; other images such as of Feodor Dostoevsky and Alexander Pushkin are peculiar and rather ironic, left open for various interpretations. Though illustrative at first glance these contemporary representations of personages and thinkers associated with literature and written culture of Europe are in fact deeply conceptual by nature. Thus, it’s not surprising that this collection includes Marina Jijina’s Self-portrait in Siena.

Empress Catherine The Great, 2012 / Courtesy of the artist

Empress Catherine The Great, 2012 / Courtesy of the artist

Marina Jijina has been interested in exploring the interactions with the written word and the world of ideas ever since she began to paint. She has developed an artistic practice derived from the findings of her art related, independent research. Reading informs her practice as a visual artist, motivates her towards further inquiries, and inspires her artwork. Marina Jijina explores different aspects of the human condition by means of creating an infusion of cultural, temporal and visual associations, sometimes seeking to reinterpret past traditions.

Marina Jijina is a Russian born British painter who has an academic background in art. Though classically trained, artistic experiment and non-conformist approach have always been at the core of her art practice. She started her professional career as a painter over 20 years ago, in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she graduated at Ioganson Fine Art School at the Academy of Fine Arts, department of painting. She has exhibited since 1996 in Russia, Britain, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Macedonia and U.S.A. In 2014 Marina Jijina was awarded World Citizen Artists Competition Winner for her oil painting Spanish Boy. She has been living and working in Great Britain since 2000, based in London. Marina Jijina is currently studying for a Master of Research Art degree at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. Marina Jijina is represented by Cross Design Gallery and is a contributing author to The Oxford Philosopher, a philosophic periodical.

Please visit the website to see Maria’s work.