We’re pleased to highlight the stunning work of Katya Polezhaeva, a Russian illustrator currently based in Granada, Spain. Katya experiments with different techniques and materials in her illustrations, often fusing analogue techniques with digital tools.
Katya recently completed an illustration for a zine as part of a social project supporting women who were incarcerated in Russian correctional facilities. The zine presents a collection of these women’s life stories accompanied with illustrations created by various artists. Katya’s illustration tells a sad story of a woman who suffered from drug addiction and ended up in prison. Here’s Katya’s comment on the zine:
“[The womens’] choices were driven by a desire to find a solution and they started looking for it in a world of illusions. But they were pulled down by the strong current of drug addiction.
I hope that this zine will help their stories to be heard and draw attention to the problems and solutions for women who have been incarcerated in correctional facilities.”