How do you describe your art?
I use natural post-consumer and post-industrial materials to defy the traditional notions of painting and sculpture. I usually work with a monochrome neutral color palette, focusing on volume and texture. I like to use what is in front of me, both in terms of materials and nature that surrounds me, I work with ideas of impermanence, imperfection and the human condition. The process is very free, meditative, often repetitive and self-explorative.
Rebirth, what does the word mean to you?
Being born again, regenerating. Something that we essentially are going through constantly, whether we are aware of it or not. Especially at the moment it feels important. Our ability to accept things for what they are and not cling to an idea of what could and should be. It is important to be honest and present with ourselves, to accept hard truths, and to adapt. The process of being reborn is also about becoming authentic and recognizing the dreamer in us, to imagine what we want to become and to rebuild ourselves and the world around us.
What does the power of art mean to you?
This is something that became very clear to me through this contrast of being at home with the kids for several months during Quarantine and not being able to spend much time in the studio. For me being able to make art is the greatest pleasure. Within that process, there is stillness, presence with myself, great energy and passion, playfulness and willingness to fail. I also have brought home a number of sculptures and paintings and have been able to really feel them, receive them and learn from them.
The process of being reborn is also about becoming authentic and recognising the dreamer in us, to imagine what we want to become and to rebuild ourselves and the world around us.
How does society influence art?
We are a product of everything we see and feel. At the moment we have truly shifted to online media and the art we see on Instagram, for example, does have a particular quality. This must echo into all parts of the art industry. My work, I feel, is something that needs to be experienced in person. I love the experience of a great show, how it envelops, fills you up and changes you. I think we will always crave to experience art, this won’t change.
My work, I feel, is something that needs to be experienced in person. I love the experience of a great show, how it envelops, fills you up and changes you.
How will you spend your summer this year?
My family and I are trying to do creative stuff with the kids locally, this is a bit of a challenge though since here in Finland the summers can be cold and short. We will be spending time in our parents‘ summer cabins in the Archipelago for sure though.
What are your future goals?
At the moment I am trying to get into the groove with my art practice before the summer holidays and talking to a few galleries about future collaborations. I would like to exhibit more and I am sure, being productive now will bring more of those opportunities.
Svetlana Bogatcheva – www.svetlanabogatcheva.com