Ustina creates artworks without sketches, as she is interested in self-forming composition as part of the creation process. "Drawing develops as a living creature, taking new forms throughout the work. Individual elements like the beads, stitches, and lines construct my structures and form my visual language. In my works, I use automatic writing process which binds the time into the material form. My practice revolves around labour-intensive contemplative practices that navigate my works. I define myself as a process-based artist embedded in the nature and the traditions of my north Russian heritage. Through long running meditative and pagan practices I create objects, installations, books and paintings, all as an effect of time and local surroundings".


2007 - 2011 2009 Moscow State Pedagogical University (Graphics Faculty)

2009 Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow


  • 2021 Maryin Dom, Arkhangelsk area, Russia
  • 2020 ISCP residency, New York, USA
  • 2020 NCCA residency, Kronstadt, Leningrad area, Russia
  • 2019 Garage residency, Moscow, Russia
  • 2018 PROGR residency, Bern, Switzerland
  • 2018 Vyksa AiR, Nizny Novgorod area, Russia
  • 2017 Zarya residency, Vladivostok, Russia
  • 2015 NCCA residency, Kronstadt, Leningrad area, Russia
  • 2014 Gridchinhall residency, Moscow area, Russia

  • Solo and two-person Exhibitions



    • Porato Basko, with Ulyana Podkorytova, Art Museum of Arctic exploration named after Borisov, Arkhangelsk
    • Russian Witches, with Alina Glazoun and Lyudmila Baronina, Centrepoint Artwall, Basel, Switzerland
    • One-piece exhibition at Between Windows space, Moscow


    • Conversion with German Lavrovsky, Dreiviertel art space, Bern, Switzerland
    • Solo show at Centrepoint Artwall, Basel, Switzerland
    • "Experiments ShShSh. Experiment №1: Synchronisation 2 | Impulses synchronisation" with Daria Neretina and Maria Kechaeva, CCI Fabrika, Moscow
    • Solo show at Vyksa art-residence, Vyksa, Nizhny Novgorod oblast
    • Temporal Touch, Anna Nova Gallery, St.-Petersburg


    • "Ambience", with Andrey Dmitrenko, Center for contemporary art Zarya, Vladivostok
    • “Synchronisation”, with Maria Kechaeva, Armyansky pereulok 13, Moscow


    • "Occupation", Agora Collective, Berlin, Germany
    • Morphologien des Wandels, Kabinett Auktion & Antiquitäten GmbH, Berlin, Germany
    • "Spine of Twilight Lady" with Ilya Romanov, Kultproekt gallery, Moscow


    • "Inner Surface", Triumph Gallery, Moscow
    • Inversion, AA collections / Knoll Gallery, Vienna, Austria


    • "Monochrom", Rodnya studio, Moscow


    • "Vacuum", Green art gallery, Perm
    • Ust-Tsilma, Start, Moscow Centre for Contemporary Art Winzavod, Moscow

    Selected Group Exhibitions 



    • The Cell, the State Darwin museum, Moscow



    • Arctic Art Forum, The Youth House of the Arkhangelsk region, Arkhangelsk
    • "Everything is not What It Seems to be" within "Bazhov-Fest", Ural NCCA, Ekaterinburg
    • "Textile", New wing of Gogol House, Moscow
    • "Museum of Material Culture", Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building, Moscow