A MODERN VIEW OF DECADENCE
Painter Nataly Abramovitch, better known as Kukula, has made a name for herself through her peculiar style. Her paintings center around female figures drawn in this style—think Marie Antoinette as imagined by Tim Burton. Caught in the richly decorated spaces Kukula arranges for them, are as elegant as they are disturbing. Born in Israel and now working out of the U.S, her influences center around the fine, frayed balance between perception and reality, solidified by her own experiences and those of the people and places around her.
Kukula’s portfolio is a series of glimpses into fantastical private lives—a boudoir here, a courtyard there— made accessible through documentation and our own imaginations. It’s the fragile world of wealth, elegance, and youth, three components of life that can be taken away as quickly as they are given. Running through these decadent scenes of porcelain-hued girls lounging, strutting, and longing for something is a strain laced with envy and emptiness, and this is the tone for most of Kukula’s work.