Severin’s Choice: Yulia Kirschner


‘’Avatars-Kabuki’’ Cycle by Yulia Kirschner

In her photo story ‘’Avatars-Kabuki’’(Avatar-descent of a deity into the earthly spheres and assumption of the human shape, in Sanskrit), the Swiss visual artist Yulia Kirschner succeeded to create a timeless space of dreams, hidden desires and aspirations through a technique close to old palimpsests.


Combining images of mannequins photographed in shop fronts to those of the old archetypes registered during her travels in different countries (from Middle East mosaiques and bas-reliefs to Bucovina medieval Orthodox churches frescos), the artist masterfully transformed these collages, through a melodic reconfiguration, in fabulous beings.


Her mannequins ramble as ‘’Avatars through the world of historic, cultural, nature related and religious archetypes-sources of our human identity…’’, as the artist asserted in an art statement. It’s a thought challenging story with fresh images, trying to describe a metaphysical feminity, imagined as a gathering of different cultural layers and enigmatic transfers from the physical to the archetypal universe and viceversa.

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For Yulia Kirschner our real world converts to a showcase in which the ‘’dolls deities’’ gaze from their sphere. We cannot exist in the absence of deities who are contemplating us, but also the ‘’dolls deities’’ are alive only through our inner process of contemplating them. The inner world is our common territory of shaping identity, feelings and spiritual goals.


Yulia Kirschner’s vision guided her best achievements towards an art of interference between areas charged with new and old memories, like ‘’The Art of Fugue’’ by J. S. Bach. A very expressive and palimpsestic art of layered images that reflects its own history, with feminine figures on the top of vibrant compositions, who may remind us the picturesque pose, solemnity and atemporality of the Japanese stamps and of the strange characters of Kabuki theatre.


All the cultural tradition of Japan pointed out that the major things can be mainly expressed in the absence of words. All these are motifs which convinced me to include her art on my Archetypal Expressionism Saatchi Online Collection.

Archetypal Expressionism Saatchi Online Collection:

Artist’s site:



About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin ( is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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1 Response to Severin’s Choice: Yulia Kirschner

  1. Layers of history like transparent parchment of news articles from various eras, distinctive yet melding into one reminding us that time is non existant. L could spend hours gazing into these transfixed immortalised .

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