Alina Shupikov is a graphic designer and visual artist from Russia living in Prague. Her works are inspired by the notion of journey, search for home and expression of emotional states. In the latest body of work, abstract expression is rooted by use of actual sand and soil, binding works to certain coordinates.
“Sand forms when rocks gradually break down. Often starting thousands of kilometers from the ocean they travel through rivers, slowly dissolving - until one day, they become grains of sand.” Immigrant Soul is a collection of works created over the lockdown year, exploring roots and origins, the notion of travelling without movement. Each painting contains sand that has been collected at a specific location around the world, covering the whole globe and all continents from Australia to Canada.