About Yulia Makeyeva

I like to push the boundaries of the ordinary. Exploring the capabilities of materials, I learn through making. I draw inspiration from my home, family and surroundings – any texture, object, light movement, story, music, etc. can become a starting point. At a research stage, before making a decision, I play with the idea in my head and with the material in my hands, tactility is very important. Actual making process comes further, usually in the form of labour-intensive contemplative repetition. What do I want to say with my art? I want to reveal a different angle and engage the viewer into an active dialogue with the world around.

Yulia Makeyeva is an emerging multidisciplinary artist. She grew up in Russia and is now based in Jersey, Channel Islands. With a Linguistics degree, an education in Art History, silversmithing and jewellery making background, she turned her full attention to art in 2019. Yulia has always used photography as a means of observing textures, patterns and shapes from everyday objects, constructing unique, sometimes unexpected images.

Her art practice received great support and development at a 3-month intensive Art Portfolio course in London where she experimented with different mediums, spanning photography, installations, video, collage, printmaking and traditional domestic crafts. She continually seeks and displays beauty through her work by arranging a contrasting array of materials from the household, industrial to organic matters collected outdoors into abstract forms. By often reducing her means to a minimum, she creates a compelling image evoking multiple meanings. Being interested in concepts of memory, responsibility, stereotypes, borders, boundaries and multiculturalism, she is also working on a range of projects involving historical research. Another artist’s interest is to document various states of human relationships, including personal life experience. 

Being passionate about engaging the community in art, the Yulia has launched her Jersey Isolation Hug in April 2020 aiming to document the experience of social distancing in the time of the Covid19 pandemic. She participated in a Textile-based art exhibition in February 2020 in Jersey curated by the RampArts collective. For this exhibition, the curator had chosen works where the artist experimented with drapery, single threads, recycling, and objects covered with fabric. For Skipton Big Ideas Exhibition 2021 (Jersey) Yulia is working on an installation using recycled beads and wire. Utilizing a ‘mosaic’ approach, she arranges smaller pieces into new work, thus conveying the importance of minor individual essences within a bigger whole.

With her work, Yulia also support NSCC Jersey Fighting for Childhood in Jersey.

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