A few years ago, Alla saw her colleagues talking in the beanbags of their office after a hard working day, and she thought “They look exactly like characters from my favorite classical paintings”. A week later, she had almost a dozen of “classical office” sketches. The collages were a blast in her office, and people wanted more and more. That is how her hobby has started.
“I wanted to look at Renaissance and Classical characters reincarnated and adapted into the modern day realities,” she told us. “Most of them are funny, controversial, ironic, erotic, sarcastic and even fantastic, but collages usually also reflect important aspects of our lives.”
Alla Mingalёva is a Crimea-born Russian artist, currently based in Yerevan. She likes the idea of not explaining too much her metaphors — people should find their own meanings and themselves in these characters/situations. She’s got a high number of requests from fans to buy some t-shirts, thus the last year she launched Jeeza merch, together with her friend Ilya.
Well, what can I say… We lost a lot, but we still have a sense of humor.