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Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh

MA work

You Are Lonely No More

The depiction of flowers for my degree show is an installation ‘You Are Lonely No More’, where I sought a darker resonance in them to dissect a metaphor for the inescapability of death rather than beauty and purity. Lethal weapons’ systems from the toxic Gelsemium plant to the self-propelled artillery mortar systems in Russia called 2S4 Tulip, the 2S5 Hyacinth and the 2S7 Peony, the last of which is capable of shooting nuclear artillery rounds, are only some of the concerns in this potential current world-wide political unrest that have influenced my thinking.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Painting, 2017

  • I moved to the UK in 2003 from Russia where I was born and raised. My cross-cultural references and experiences inform my practice. The dual identifies act as a filter, through which the possibility of translations emerge. These embodied dualities take many forms for others in contemporary culture, for some, an enriching weave of their social fabric, for others problematic and potentially traumatic. My exploration and research of these issues take the form of painting, drawing, object-making and installation. The trajectories of thinking spread over symbolic meaning and rituals, conspiracies and cabals, inner and outer, individual and collective, domestic and social, unique and mass-produced, historic and contemporary, often meet at the corner of hiding and revealing.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, First Class Honours, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • Virtuality Mortality, Ugly Duck, London, 2017; #supercommunity, curated M.M.Ganzinotti, N.Skobeeva, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, 2017,; Biophilia II, KI Europe, curated by Tiziana Maggio, London, 2017,; Khojaly Peace Prize for Art 2017, The House of Commons, Westminster Parliament, London; The Green Week 2017: Morning Glory, SU RCA innovation design&The Imperial College, the RCA Kensington Art Bar space; VISUAL AIDS, New York, Metro Pictures, 2017,; MANIFESTA 11, Hydra-Hands Man, non-singing opera/performance, Cabare Voltaire, Zurich, 2016;; FRIEZE London, Galeria pm8, 2016,; Stewart Law RCA Secret, RCA London & ART DUBAI, 2016,; The Runaway Fingers, curitorial project, Pushkin House, London, 2016,; Whitstable Biennale Satelite, Tied, XAP collective, 2016,; Art Licks Weekend, Tied II, XAP collective, 2016,; Daylight Saving, Gedders Gallery, London, 2016,; The Other Garden, Nancy Victor Gallery, London, 2015,; HIX Art Award finalists' show, Unit Soho gallery, London, 2016,; Being, solo show(3), Hundred Years Gallery, London, 2015,; Playing RusskYй, solo-live project, Ternopil, Ukraine, 2014; The Psychotropic House, XAP collective,Shonibare's Project Space, 2014,; The Intruder, live project, Zubovka Village, Russia, 2013; Museums at Night, London Canal Museum, London, 2012,; Garden project, CSM in Camden Arts Centre, London, 2011; Politics and Power, London College of Communication, 2011,; Lunar Project, CSM, Trinity Buoy Wharf, 2009; Valentine's Mansion, London, 2008,; Ten at Red, Red Gallery, Hull, 2006,; The Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, open shows, 2008, 2006, 2005,; Woman's Work, the University of Lincoln, 2005
  • Awards

  • Khojaly Peace Prize for Art 2017, shortlisted, 2017,; Award & Prize, The Best Drawing for the Chingiz Aitmatov's stories, by Collection Red in association with the Aitmatov's Academy, 2016; HIX Art award, 2016 Finalist,; Award & Prize, The Best Student's Painting by Browne Smith Baker, The Ferens Art Gallery, 2008.
  • Conferences

  • Interpreting the imaginative world of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Pushkin House, 2016.; The Psychotropic House Symposium, London Fields, 2014
  • Publications

  • #supercommunity, book design by Mayra Martín Ganzinotti, project by N.Skobeeva, RCA, 2017; Furnishing Knowledge, KI Europe publication, vol.1,spring-summer, 2017, p.35; Catalogue for Khojaly Peace Prize for Art 2017 finalists' exhibition, the Europian Azerbaijan society, 2017, p.3,; MANIFESTA 11, Catalogue Cabaret Der Kunstler, curated by Manuel Scheiwiller, 2016; 'Runaway Fingers' interview by Yulia Chmelenko, PULSE LONDON, 2016; Whitstable Biennale Satelite, Catalogue, live performance 'Tied', XAP collective, 2016,; Book of Abstracts, DRHA2014, ed.Anastasios Maragiannis, on collaborative project with Laura Dekker, 2015, p.257,; 'Into the Void', Arts&Literature magazine, Editor-in-Chief Philip Elliott, Issue 3 published in Dublin, Ireland, 2017, p.19,61.; 'Being', Wall Street International, 2015,; Interview 'What is painting now?' BA Fine Art Alumni, Central Saint Martins UAL, 2013