21 Agosto 2017 07:42
The work of Natalya Lobanova has been appearing in print and online media a lot over the past few years. She has been described as 'the sad girl who draws sad girls' and 'the queen of the sad girl club'. This twenty-something illustrator is already an internet celebrity, thanks in part to her wicked sense of humour – as can be appreciated in her Buzzfeed articles. In her artwork, however, Lobanova gives that wicked sense of humour a beautifully tender twist.
Although she is best known for her illustrations made between 2014 and 2015 for projects such as the Sad Girls fanzine, Lobanova's more recent work is far more interesting. Closer to comics than illustrations, Lobanova's latest offerings delve fearlessly into the ironies of the human condition, laugh at a certain kind of 'pop feminism', and reinvent teenage angst because the artist has discovered that not even time can cure us of our sadness.