Svetlana Malakhova 25/09/2018 automatic translate
An exhibition of works by a talented artist Svetlana Malakhova in Moscow has just opened. We talked with Svetlana about her creative secrets.
Details on the exhibition (Moscow, 2018) here: Exhibition by Svetlana Malakhova "My" Solo "at the factory"
Page of Svetlana on Galerix: svetlanaarticon.in.gallerix.ru
1. How did your creative career start? Someone in the childhood has contributed or is this an independent decision?
- My creative career began with drawing what is now called the fashionable word "fashion illustration". We met with friends after school and painted models on ordinary notebooks. The faces of my models were the most ridiculous. I was very upset at the time, but deep down I knew that someday my portraits would have the ability to attract the spectator and give him his energy.
2. Now in your works you can trace a recognizable style, how long did it take to achieve this?
- Strangely enough, I never tried to find my own style. For me it’s like an actor playing the same role all the time. Each picture, each portrait is a separate life, a separate story and for me it is impossible to look at the same way on two different people or on two different landscapes, creating works in the "one style" or "in my style" as it is commonly believed.
Therefore, I write one picture using a small brush, the second I will write using only flutes, and in the third I’ll take a trowel.
In my work I use many unusual things, including rags. They are very convenient to apply and the first layers and textures of landscapes.
What kind of things you take from your teachers, and something comes to you in the process of experience.
3. A lot of exhibitions with your participation. Do you like contacting the audience or watching "from behind the scenes"? Besides obvious things, what are the exhibitions?
- I love contact with the audience, these are such powerful impressions and emotions! How to look at your pictures, what they say, where they stop. Asking the viewer’s opinion what more liked it, what works were remembered, all this is amazing and venturesome.
Would be a cook, probably also to visitors would go out to see how your creations are evaluated. But, such a desire does not come immediately, of course, at first there is also a feeling of slight embarrassment and embarrassment, uncertainty, then as if overgrown with armor.
Exhibitions provide a multifaceted benefit and this is not only the sale of works. Firstly, it is psychological confidence and the feeling that with each exhibition you will rise higher and higher in your achievements. Secondly, these are opinions and dialogue with the viewer. At exhibitions, you always meet new people and this can all turn into interesting projects. And finally, the level of adrenaline that is at the time of opening the exhibition, those emotions that you are experiencing in anticipation of the guests, this will not give any drink, no other stimulant will give these feelings, because these are yours, real emotions!
4. There are many portraits of people in your work. Who are they? Where do the stories come from?
- It so happened that during the entire study, my main and favorite topic was a person.
We are truly unique and each of us is unique in its own way. The artist is able to see this exclusivity and transfer it to the canvas. Pass the energy that comes from a person, adding to it a particle of yourself and your energy and then there is an explosion and the portrait lives. It attracts people and sates them with positive emotions and energy.
For their work, and they are mostly all with people, I take plots from life. I draw sketches in restaurants and cafes, in the dentist’s office, at the airport. And then from this I collect the picture.
I can just take pictures. For example, the Moulin Rouge series - I write it on the photo. In the hall it was very dark and I threw something abstractly during the performance, as it were fixing my emotions and impressions. And then I work on the photo, but with real and real impressions.
Sketches and sketches, incidentally, can also be an excellent decoration of the interior, for example, American owners of restaurants and cafes where I painted, often bought these drawings and then decorated them with the interior of their own establishments. My opinion is that any interior is unique in painting and drawing, and whatever the design was, art will definitely breathe life into it and exceptional features of your space.
5. What is your opinion, the ability to write like this comes as a result of training, labor and invested forces or given to a person from birth in the form of talent?
- About talent and work: I am sure that along with the desire to do something, this is given to the ability. But the rule of 10,000 hours has not been canceled. The ability to write and draw is given by work, there is no other way.
You know, I never thought about such a statement of the question: "We will not teach you something here, but you yourself will learn what you get, then you will get it on your way out." These were the words of my teacher in drawing, Professor Mogilevtsev. And this is really so, if there is a true desire to learn something, then you will learn in a short time, and if you do not desire, then at least 4, at least 6, even if you go for 10 years, nobody will teach you anything.
6. What achievement do you see as an artist enough to say "now I have achieved everything that I wanted"? If it, of course, is.
- The discipline is incredibly important, the artist must set himself a working day, the purpose and scope of the work, and there is nothing to be distracted. To see only the goal is global and to go to it, and then everything will turn out.
And yet Svetlana has her own style. He is not in technique, but more in plots, in something that is hidden from the eyes, but is present between the lines. Even in her portraits there is a feeling that this is a successfully caught moment from life, and not something artificially invented and painstakingly built. So in fact?