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Exhibition by Anastasia Tumanova

Collection Preview: July 12, 2019, 6-10pm

Opening: August 2, 2019, 6-10pm; Artist Discussion @ 6pm

Exhibition: July 12 – August 31, 2019

Local Language: 477 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612


Anastasia Tumanova explores the symbolic reunion of the feminine and the sun. Tumanova is inspired by the current art and craft scene and the astrological community, where the feminine is symbolically linked to the moon. This association led her to study the divine feminine and ancient goddess mythology and to discover evidence that the feminine is symbolically associated with the sun as far back as 7000 B.C. Tumanova rekindles this connection, as more women assume the symbolic role of sun in our modern society: as visionaries, inventors, thought leaders, company founders, and heroines. Sunflower questions the female as moon paradigm and flips it: What if woman is actually the sun?


When presented with the unique opportunity to work with Local Language, I was thrilled to create with their wood CNC router. Wood is often associated with functional items like furniture, household objects, and home finishes. Being an image maker at heart, to me wood was the perfect material to use as a setting for my ceramic paintings. The organic texture of the wood pairs well with the ceramic, as well as the theme of land and nature in this collection. This residency has given me confidence to work at a large scale and has left me ignited to try new ideas in the studio.

- Anastasia Tumanova


San Francisco based ceramic artist Anastasia Tumanova views her work as an antithesis to technology, a woman’s soul yearning for what is natural and wild. Tumanova creates interior ceramic installations and large scale botanical arrangements in clay that are equally as intricate as they are dynamic and meditative. Her installations are inspired by the shapes, patterns, and textures she observes in the Californian landscape. Born in Moscow, Russia, her heritage continues to inform her style, which is evocative of Eastern European folk art. 

Tumanova’s work has been shown at First Amendment Gallery, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, The San Francisco Art Book Fair at the Minnesota Street Project, and West Coast Craft. Her work has been featured by Design Sponge, Create Magazine, Creative Mornings, and Luxe Interiors + Design.

Local Language is an Art, Design, and Fabrication studio providing curated art collections for commercial properties across the globe. The Artist in Residence program offers space, time, and facilities for artists in a multitude of disciplines to explore creative pursuits and utilize technology to further their own art practice. We are a working art manufacturer. Made in the Garage District, Oakland California.

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