Updated: Oct 16, 2020
We interviewed Moscow-based professional artist Tigressa to find out more about her artistic background, influence, and contributions. Tigressa is an Artist in Residence for Culturally, and her residence exhibition "Miscellaneous" can be found in our virtual Hanbell Gallery. Find the entire interview below, along with her advice for aspiring artists.
In recent years, I have been intensively developing myself in art. I believe that I have found what I have been looking for for a long time.
What is your background or artistic story?
I was born and live in Moscow (Russia). I have higher education in economics.
I have been drawing since childhood, like many artists. For more than twenty years I had no artistic practice. I studied and worked in a different field. But all these years I thought of finding myself in painting and graphic. In recent years, I have been intensively developing myself in art. I believe that I have found what I have been looking for for a long time.
How do you seek out inspiration?
I am inspired by the beauty of the surrounding world, nature, flora, and fauna. One of my hobbies is photography. I always take my camera with me on trips, on walks in a country forest or city park. Where I like to watch blooming flowers, insects, animals, birds. I admire nature, sunrises, and sunsets.
What do you aim to say by the themes in your art?
In the themes of my works, I want to show the harmony and beauty of the surrounding world. Whether it's a still life of juicy fruits, a magical landscape, a cute animal or spring flowers.
What is integral to your work as an artist?
An integral part of my work is observation as well as a positive mood and perseverance.
How has your practice been affected by COVID-19?
I think COVID-19 has affected most of the world's population to varying degrees.
The pandemic did not greatly affect the theme of my work, since I think that there is an overabundance of negative information in the media and people especially need to shift their attention towards the beautiful. During the quarantine period, I started the "Cardboard Zoo" series. The pandemic is not an obstacle to creativity - you can find beauty even in such difficult conditions.
As a professional artist, what is the biggest piece of advice you could give to an aspiring artist who is navigating the art world?
Don't stop! You can take a break, rest, but then continue moving forward.
What current art world trends are you following?
I think the main goal of contemporary painting is to convey ideas, feelings, moods since other media copes with the visualization of images. I am constantly experimenting with color, shape, texture, and materials to convey the emotion or beauty of the moment.
View Tigressa's art in her residence exhibition in our Hanbell Gallery at culturallyarts.com/exhibitions