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Yana Stajno

My painting is my emotional response to the world around me. I use fluid mediums so that there's an immediacy to what I see, an artistic space in which accidents can happen. My choice of colours is born of a childhood in the Zimbabwean bush where the sun burns down on a vibrant earth. I paint places I know – Woodgreen, Alexandra Palace, Crouch End, and places I find in my travels. I like to tell stories, sometimes, funny, sometimes sad. My figures are caught in bafflement, my buildings are often wonky. My work is also influenced by working in the health system, from a deep sense of compassion for our absurd humanity caught somewhere between earth and sky. I work in all media and on all structures, including walls and cars.

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