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Apples In December

Hi there,

It is raining at the moment – gentle giant paws with water fingers are tapping against the drum-like stretched earth. This sound is a perfect excuse to pause and share my new creations with you.


Apples in December (23” x 35” // oil on panel). Creating it was a journey to the nostalgia space of heart, where it is minus twenty five below zero (Celsius), the days are dark and short, yet are the perfect soil for creation. It is a strange thing – summer days do not come to my mind, when I think of the place of my childhood in the North of Russia. It is always snowing in my memories of home.. or sometimes it is just very still, intensely still, like a quiet presence of a high-voltage electrical current, woven through with the deep frosty spirit of winter and covered in diamond untouched blankets of many months of the White Sea cold.

Apples In December // 23” x 35” // oil on panel

Apples In December // 23” x 35” // oil on panel

Apples In December - detail

Apples In December - detail


A couple of recent sketchbook pages (graphite on moleskine)

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Pale Blue Dot - graphite on moleskine

Pale Blue Dot - graphite on moleskine


Sirin // oil on panel // 24” x 24” - July 2019,  Haven Gallery

Sirin // oil on panel // 24” x 24” - July 2019, Haven Gallery

Tell Me Demon // oil on panel // 30” x 30” - July 2019,  Haven Gallery

Tell Me Demon // oil on panel // 30” x 30” - July 2019, Haven Gallery

Quick reminder: just a few weeks left to apply for the workshop in Italy for the creative bootcamp that Jeremy Mann and I will be bringing to Tuscany in September.

Wishing you a beautiful week – let your inner creatures be kind!

- Nadezda


P.S. The recent inspirational reads from the time spent away from the studio are two short stories The Death of The Moth and Street Haunting by Virginia Woolfe.

Sound Of A Minute

Hello to you all!

I will start this message with sharing a video interview I did with wonderful people Jorge and Carles (Jorge is the host and Carles is behind the camera), who are the founding fathers of Menorca Pulsar workshop, where Jeremy Mann and I held our creative bootcamp in fall 2018. It is fifty five minutes of giggles and seriousness, passionate gesticulations and leaning more and more to the right side as the interview progresses.

This is the last month to apply for our next workshop in Italy that will happen in September in Tuscany - Art Escape Italy. This is no regular workshop, but intense experience to temper the steel of the artist within and uncover the gems hidden in the soul of a creative person.

Tic Toc // oil on panel // 12.5” x 18” panel

Tic Toc // oil on panel // 12.5” x 18” panel

Yesterday there was an opening night at Mana Contemporary (Jersey CIty, NJ) of a group show called Femme presented by Spoke Art and Juxtapoz magazine and curated by Dasha Matsuura (Director of Spoke Art SF). My piece Tic Toc is a part of the show and will be exhibited until the end of the month. Please email sf@spoke-art.com if you’d like to see the show.

As we slowly, yet suddenly (!) transitioned into spring, I would like to announce the dates of my big summer shows with Haven Gallery. My solo show “Pins & Petals” will be opening on the 27th of July and I am very excited to travel to Long Island in person right in the middle of NY summer. I hope you will join me for the opening reception, too! I will also have a special showcase with Haven Gallery at Bridgehampton Museum as a part of their exhibition at Market Art + Design (July 5th-9th) I am preparing a big exciting body of work for both of the shows - if you are interested to see the preview early and to find out about the special announcements related to the opening event (wink-wink), please contact Erica Berkowitz at info@havenartgallery.com.

Here are some of the pieces I have just finished to include into my July shows. Many more are being created!

Engineer // oil on panel // 6” x 6”

Engineer // oil on panel // 6” x 6”

Little Bird // oil on panel // 6” x 6”

Little Bird // oil on panel // 6” x 6”

Sound Of A Minute // oil on panel // 10” x 13”

Sound Of A Minute // oil on panel // 10” x 13”

Wolf By Your Side // oil on panel // 8” x 8”

Wolf By Your Side // oil on panel // 8” x 8”

Let your Inner Creatures be kind. Have a great week everyone!

- Nadezda

Create Like No One's Watching

Europe, sweet Europe… Memories of the last workshops in 2018 in Malta (THU) and Menorca (Menorca Pulsar) are still fresh, yet Jeremy Mann and I are already planning to bring our Bootcamp to Tuscany.

4-10th of September - Art Escape Italy, it’s happening! I get happy tickles when thinking of the land of Chianti (yum) and Vinci (Leonardo’s birthplace) and all the inspiring things that will boost the creative experience that the Bootcamp is. It will be an intense dawn to dusk workshop filled with drawing, painting, theorizing, philosophizing and creating like no one’s watching! The enrollment has just opened. See you there?

Meanwhile I continue working on my upcoming shows with Haven Gallery - Market Art + Design at The Bridgehampton Museum and solo show Pins & Petals in Northport, Long Island, NY. Here is a new creation from the new finished body of work.


The Descent - oil on panel // 33” x 40”// 2019

The Descent - oil on panel // 33” x 40”// 2019


And this one is a smaller piece - there is something visceral and fascinating about broken watermelons and ripped pomegranates.

Bad Seed - oil on panel // 12” x 12” // 2019

Bad Seed - oil on panel // 12” x 12” // 2019


Also, here is a photo note of the cabinet of deep sea curiosities I stumbled upon last week at the Oakland Museum of California. It has a great natural history section with plenty of critters to study and wonder about.

Oakland Museum of California critters.

Oakland Museum of California critters.


Logging off. Have a wondrous week! - Nadezda

Secret Participants


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I was on the phone with my grandmother the other day – I will tell you about her sometime soon, she is quiet a character worth of a separate story… So I was on the phone with her, describing the new phenomenon that started surfacing up in my artwork – the shadow dwelling entities that are becoming a mysterious entourage to my human characters. Without hesitation grandma exclaimed: “Secret Participants!” (“Тайные Участники!”) as if she has met them before. I could not believe my ears – that’s it, now I know their name! Well, nice to meet you, my kind intruders! A few days ago, I looked at the recent polaroid shot – and there they were - present, floating, mumbling and going about their own creature business..

My recent painting Tic Toc (see below) captures three of them doing their secret participation business. If this piece was an animated loop – the one on the very left would be rocking his head from side to side and quietly saying: “Tic-toc-tic-toc-tic-toc..”


Tic Toc  oil on 18” x 12,5” panel

Tic Toc

oil on 18” x 12,5” panel


This painting will be a part of the Femme show by Juxtapoz Magazine and Spoke Art in New York. It is curated by Dasha Matsuura and opens on the 1st of March. Please email Spoke Art at info@spoke-art.com for more information about the show.

 

Let your inner entities be inspiring!

 

-Nadezda

Note From The Bunker

We only have one life – and there are two ways of living it. The most commonly exercised one is living outward. It includes all five senses – smelling, seeing, hearing, touching, tasting... The second way goes inward – towards the sixth sense. This way of living can be only experienced in solitude – in a vacuum of one’s own inner galaxy. Not many people practice this second way of living, but I am strongly convinced that both ways must go alongside, in parallel to each other, where the inward way of living makes the outward one more “customized” to one’s own specific nature of a unique individual, and therefore makes this outward living more meaningful, aware and deep. Being an artist means choosing the inward way of life as the main way of living it, with the act of creation being one of its main driving forces.

 Creating art makes me feel alive. I cannot imagine being anyone else, but an artist. I am drawn to metaphors and allegories, things that let me bypass the limitations of direct descriptions: “She felt sad...” vs. “She felt like a sinking pebble in the waters of a Northern river...” As you see, I am not that great of a writer, but you get the point :)

The language of painting and drawing is international. I used to write poems in Russian (even published a book when I was about sixteen) – all poetry was metaphor-driven to avoid directness, but... the poetry is impossible to translate... So painting became my poetry. This journal will be an intimate space (imagine a dark velvet room filled with books, curiosities, with floor pillows and candles), where I am going to share the notions of the creative journey within that happens in my studio, which is a Victorian underground, my favorite gothic bunker. Sometimes you will hear it in whispers, sometimes in loud giggles. Even though these notes will be shaped into the form of a monologued journal, I know that you, Reader, are somewhere out there, receiving my signals from the inner space. I will try my best to decode them, so our interstellar connection does not cease to inspire and lets your inner galaxy know that you are not alone in this tangled, beautiful, vast and ever-expanding creative universe. - Nadezda

Navigator - oil on 28” x 40” panel

Navigator - oil on 28” x 40” panel