Artist Yulia Hampton’s practice is informed by her nomadic lifestyle. She has lived in many parts of the world, from Kyrgyzstan to the Far North and Far East of Russia, to South Korea, Lebanon and Dubai. For the last 15 years she has been based in London, where she now lives and works.

Having graduated from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, in 2010, where she achieved a First Class Honours BA in Design for Performance and Practice, she completed an MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London in 2014. She has since developed a multi-disciplinary practice, working predominantly with performance and installation, as well as 3D collage, photography and video.

Hampton’s work, like her life, is about freedom, contradiction, experimentation and the influence of chance. Hampton draws inspiration from writers, philosophers and artists alike, including Samuel Beckett, Albert Camus, Anthony Flew, Piet Mondrian and Josef Albers, and has a particular interest in Dada and Fluxus movements and the Theatre of the Absurd. Exploration of the Absurd is central to much of her work, including Untitled The Deep Sleep, which begun in 2015. This ongoing performance work explores the absence of meaning. The artist sets herself up on a raised platform – part bed, part stage – and invites members of the public to share in her sleep beneath the open sky. Passers-by are free to choose to become a spectator or participant in any way they wish – there are no rules or instructions to follow. The audience members are ultimately free to form their own ideas about whether art is taking place and what the significance of their experience might be. This project raises questions if art must have a meaning. Taking sleep as its central focus, as the artist sleeps, to what extent is she performing? Hampton explains: “I sleep the sleep of the just, which conversely, means nothing”. While being present, but asleep, the artist has no conscious contact with public, which makes it difficult to describe the experience of sleep, as it is to imagine or define the meaning of nothing at all.

Art for art’s sake, with no purpose, for any purpose perverts art. But art achieves a purpose which is not its own.’ Benjamin Constant (1767-1834).

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Untitled, The Deep Sleep, London 2018 (Shoreditch, Westfield Shopping Mall, Lyric Squire)
This is a performance installation invites members of the public to share with the artist one of the most intimate experiences - sleep.

Untitled, The Deep Sleep, Europ 2017 (Kassel, Maastricht, Luxembourg, Milan)
This is a performance installation invites members of the public to share with the artist one of the most intimate experiences - sleep.

Untitled, The Deep Sleep, Europe 2016 (Hannover, Berlin, Cochem, Rothenburg, Munich, Bichlbach, Ljubljana, Rijeka, Bologna, Florence, Bari, Tropea, Palermo, Barcelona, Velecia)
This is a performance installation invites members of the public to share with the artist one of the most intimate experiences - sleep.

Moist Clutter, Singapore 2016 This captures the tracks of bright lights reflected on steel colons beside a busy road in Singapore. By blending the imagery of the traffic illuminations and through the manmade nature I hoped to sensitize viewers to the cognitive hiccups of the human clutter.

Dwelling Mapping, Bangkok 2015 This is a collage made up of numerous debris discovered in a single room. By creating a kaleidoscope of the physical space, through the jumble of objects and information, I attempt to construe the fundamental human sentiments of serenity, hysterics and fate.

Time Left Afterlife I; II; III; IV; V; VI; VII; …, ongoing series This work is a visual representation of places I have visited or lived in before. The photographic material I gathered inspired me to explore the great diversity of the scintillating realities of different countries and cultures, all united by the same subject matter – the temporality of life. In these collages, I adjoint a location and a dead object belong to the same country to form a unique relationship where the distance between different often unrelated events is defused by the very same drama. In this, I tend to level the meaning of contradictory and contrary pairing concepts or ideas that seem to contradict one another, but are actually complementary. Scattered, useless, and ultimately chaotic is the topic of entropy in this work.

Convoluted Tail, Dubai 2014 A cultural cul-de-sac.

Cloned Void, Dubai 2014 The Big Race
This is an entire illusion disparately established to create credibility for each component in parallel to the state of the surrounding.

Liquidized Ambiguity, London 2013 This film is based on completely unrelated content pulled together deliberately to mislead. Blending lyrics taken from the Nine Inch Nails song Only, which seemed to capture the cold toxic truth of fallacious reality about which a philosopher Anthony Flew explicitly writes in his 1985 book Thinking About Thinking, I’ve attempted to confound the search for any possible meaning in my work. How often do you feel being misrepresented intentionally while being told the truth? Combine the philosophy of perception, seen as the product of an individual knowledge, experience and culture, and the philosophy of language, concern with the use of meanings and words including language cognition, together you get a cocktail of notion could well be exceedingly fallacious.

Randomness of Life, London 2012 Inspired by Neil LaBute’s play The Shape of Things, the performance has no beginning and no end, and it was conceived of as an observation on the meaning of life. It raises questions about how people navigate life and how they look for answers in amongst the masses of personalities, objects and conditions they encounter. It intercepts with different times and medium, it contrives new diversifications in the line of giving shape to a critical historical randomness, it is a memorial of symbols and experiences.