So without further ado, let's welcome our first artist on spotlight, our very lovely
She's a talented artist from Ukraine with her own distinctive style of art and whose contribution to DA community is incomparable.
1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started as an artist?
I live in Ukraine, I’m married and I have two daughters. I’m an engineer and a logistician, but I left my work 9 years ago when my youngest daughter was born. So, I was a dedicated housewife, when by chance I exploredthe world of photomanipulation 4 years ago. It happened when my husband asked me to make a couple of collages for his work. At that time I had an iPad mini, and I used Bazaart (a pretty simple app for IOS) to make those collages. This process so captivated me, that I can’t stop to this day LOL. My first manips were quite simple, but my imagination just gushed, I could create 4-5 manips in a day! Sometimes I miss that time. Well, that's how I became an artist.
Except for a short period last year, when I tried to make friends with Photoshop, I create all manipulations on my iPad 9,7” just with my fingers. Now I use Affinity Photo for iPad, a fantastic app, almost as good as Photoshop.
2. Can you show us any particular piece of art as your favourite and any reason behind creating that art?
I would say it's Booksburg, my last Daily Deviation
Books always were my passion and the idea of a book city was the first one that came into my mind.
I created it for the contest, where you had to imagine how the world of your fantasies became a reality. This work is my favorite and am really proud of it as I invested a lot of my efforts and time into it and that was a very rare case when I was absolutely satisfied with the result.
3. If you could collaborate with any artist from the past who would it be and why?
I think this could be Rene Magritte. Why? Because men in bowler hats are my weakness LOL
4. Are there any specific theme you aim to present/convey in your work?
Well, in my opinion this isn’t about a theme but an object. It's actually about us, people in a way has always fascinated me. Their emotions, thoughts and actions. I can’t create landscapes, for example (btw, Booksburg is a rare exception), but models are almost in every of my work.
And I always aim to create beautiful things and to avoid any unpleasing details, even if it’s something dark.
I think art must give just positive emotions and a sense of beauty. It shouldn’t be abhorred in any case
5. What artwork/project can we look forward to from you in the future?
I feel lack of inspiration lately and I'm afraid of promising something, but I have some idea of creating an unusual octopus (I can’t say more).
I think my profession is reflected on my creativity. As a logistcian, I love order and logic, I don’t like to clutter up space with extra details, almost every element in my manipulations must “speak” and strengthen a general idea. I don’t use a lot of textures and effects, if it isn’t necessary.
You will not find any piece a la "a-girl-in-a-forest" style among my works.
I put meaning in every art work and I love to come up with interesting and unconventional titles for them, especially if they sound like a play on words