In this series, Irina explores the phenomenon of intergenerational trauma resulting in self-restraint, self-censorship in decision-making and their links to fatalism and individual responsibility. Coming from Russia, a country that through its history and institutions has instilled a deeply-rooted and complex system of behavioural censorship and control, Irina viscerally explored her own boundaries and control.
The pieces balance control and chaos. Shaping rough clay using architectural principles, Irina the embraces unpredictability by applying multiple layers of glazes before firing. Kiln heat leads to complex reactions, melting and peeling layers, resulting in a uncontrolled final piece.