Iuliia Iarova uses sculpture to explore the connection between bodily experiences, emotions and memories. The main themes of her work revolve around sentiment, distress, abjection and the body. Through the combination of different materials and forms, she explores the boundaries between the pleasant and repulsive, intending to provoke a sense of unease and disgust that challenges the viewer.
Iuliia creates compositions combining non-perishable materials such as clay, wire and concrete, with perishable materials such as lard, hair, and living cultures to confront the longevity of the artwork. In her work, the juxtaposition between hard and soft, oily and leather-like textures represent the solidified consequences of trauma, fragility and fleshiness of the body. She also uses scale to reference the physicality and tangibility of the body.
Additionally, the concept of sentiment and the body is explored further by capturing the scent of personal belongings through the process of distillation.