1. What's your story? Where are you from?I was born in Minsk, Belarus and moved to the United States when I was nine years old. I took an interest in art when I was a sophomore in high school. I studied painting in college and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Art one year ago. I currently reside in Columbus, GA and my studio is located in an old school house building.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.I consider my aesthetic to be feminine, quiet and soft. I tend to create my work through many thin layers, giving it a transient and ethereal feel.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?My favorite medium is resin. I find it to be a challenging but very rewarding medium to work with. Resin lends itself to the build up of layers, capturing traces of time, passage and movement. It posses luminosity and depth that I haven’t been able to find in other mediums.
4. What is your artistic process like?I start my day with a to do list, it always varies every day depending on what project I’m working on. In the beginning of my day I like to take some time to reflect on the work I did the day before and in what direction I should move forward. In regards to my process, I use resin, pigment and heat. I mix resin and then I add pigment. I use a heat gun like a paint brush to move and manipulate the resin on the surface of a wood panel until I achieve my desired composition. Because the results of merging these media are immediate and unforgiving, my way of working requires an embracing of spontaneity and a keen sense of timing. There is a sense of urgency in my process because resin has a short “work time” and it becomes even shorter when heat is applied. It demands me to be intentional and alert. It is a very physical process that requires me to move around the painting, bend and position myself to direct heat and wind from the right angle. My dedication to the process is rooted in my love for material, pushing it’s boundaries and expectations.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?I draw inspiration from forms in nature, the interaction of color and the relationship between space and boundary.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?I think art makes me more sensitive to subtleties in the everyday. It makes me more aware of my surrounding and intentions.
7. Where did you study?I studied at Columbus State University here in Georgia. Originally I chose to take the “practical route” and study business, but soon realized that my passions lie in other places. Although I’m interested in the dynamics of operating a business (as all artists should be, I think) I have a need to make tangible things, explore, experiment and express myself in an abstract way.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?Painting the day away.
9. What about in ten?Same :)
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?I hope that viewers develop an emotional connection with my work.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?Right now, Borsh - a Russian soup!
12. Favourite book?All of the Dan Brown books
13. Favourite genre of music?Soft rock/pop rock.
14. What are your hobbies?Painting consumes pretty much most of my time!
15. If you weren't an artist, what would you be?It’s hard to imagine what I could do if I weren’t a painter, but if I had to choose I would probably go into advertising.