Dear Dasha, many thanks for coming! Could you please start with a short introduction? Where have you come from?
Lena, I am very pleased for the opportunity to let me talk about myself and my art practice.
I was born in Moscow, in the USSR. Perhaps I was lucky to be born at this time and experience the change of eras. I was able to be a pioneer in school and to see the positive sides of the socialist system: the Soviet Union had an entire system of free development for children with random talents at an extremely high level. I had the chance to visit various clubs and learn numerous techniques. As a result, my childhood helped me obtain creative views.
My ancestors have resided in Moscow for many generations, I know the history of my family well. Since childhood, I was surrounded by very beautiful ancient things like books, furniture, dishes, paintings, heirlooms (various letters, diaries and photo archives). Although cramped in an apartment, we lived as a friendly family made up of several generations. My grandmother and great-grandfather influenced me the most. My great-grandfather was a self-taught inventor in the field of metallurgy and rock processing, he was an activist who supported communism. My grandmother worked in the textile industry. In the beginning as a fabric designer and later in the Ministry of consumer goods.
When the USSR ceased to exist, our family like many others faced tough times. I started working at an early age of thirteen in an attempt to help my family. I chose to study liberal arts, a promising education that suited my interests. I eventually completed graduate school with a degree in "Modern history of Europe and America". My education led me to the field of communications where I ended up working in Public Relations for over 15 years, as a result I made a great career and always stood firmly on my own. But eventually I came to realise that I no longer wanted to pursue this career and chose another path. I remembered myself as a child when I loved to draw, write poetry and dream of being an artist. During my professional career I managed to somehow find time to study new techniques and "create" works as a hobby. Eventually I chose to go study at the British Higher School of Art and Design to pursue my childhood dream. I was amazed at contemporary art while being inspired by my teachers and fellow students. I had an incredible time full of new discoveries where I expanded my horizons and made new friends. I finally found myself and realised my true purpose. Today I am overwhelmed with happiness that I decided to switch careers because now I am doing something in life that to me has real value.
Wow, that means a really long way to the art, you have so extensive experience in the past. What parts of your background are mostly reflected in your artistic practice now?
The biggest themes in my art practice now are historical events and family ties. My relatives greatly respected labour and valued history of their kind. Environmental issues are very important to me as well. This year I moved upstate away from Moscow with my children to live in an eco-village. A space I actively created since 2007. The theme of ecology is dear in my art practice.
Restoration and conservation of biodiversity in my country with respect to nature is a big part of my life. Several of my projects have already been devoted to the concept of the noosphere developed by the outstanding and well known worldwide Soviet scientist Vladimir Vernadskiy. I see a great future in its development and implementation in reality.
All of my work is definitely full of love toward science fiction, magic and fairy tales. Faith in other worlds constantly forces me to search for hidden meanings, codes, patterns and parallel realities. The visible world has never been enough for me. Since childhood I have always imagined and felt that it is much wider and deeper than it seems.