Examining the notion of life as a performance, Anastasia Kurakina (whom we first discovered in the “Greenblood” group show at Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome) paints sullen jesters and clowns in states of repose. The Shakespearean theme of people being just mere “players” in the theater of life runs through her work. Kurakina’s characters are always rendered in costume, though their sad and pensive facial expressions never make it clear why they are performing and for whom. The masked figures appear foreboding and dark, making the viewer guess at the meaning of their cryptic identities. Take a look at some of Anastasia Kurakina’s latest works, images courtesy of the artist.