Colourful world (since 2012)
Knitting needles clattering and colourful weave, are memories of my childhood. My mother was a very talented, patient, loving and skillfully witty person. As youngsters my siblings and I loved to be around her to inhale her beautiful world of creativity. While she was at work on her next creation of cloth for us children, which I always viewed as masterpieces, I dreamed of becoming as skillful and artistic as her. It was that inspiration from my mother that encouraged my own studies in Art.
As an artist, my creative life has had many twists and turns, taking me through a number of different stages and aesthetic preferences as I look for new inspiration and ways that will help me to express myself more fully. At one time oil, ink and clay were my mediums of choice, but now I have taken to wool. Living in Canada, and being surrounded by nature has been especially inspirational and has encouraged my work with felting. For this series, I have used my own unique wool felting technique.
Through my art I try to convey the warmth, love and care that lives in us all, connecting us with our youth and to the places in each of us that are full of magic and fantasy with all it’s innocence, beauty and sincerity. It is only there, in the warmest place called "childhood," that you can find fabulously beautiful scarlet poppies, trees sprinkled with pink and white flowers, and days with surprisingly bright and unusual blue skies. In a time when we’re so focused on our busy lives in what might seem like a mundane world, we often forget that we once knew this as a precious and colourful world full of endless possibilities. It is my wish through my art to awaken, inspire and remind people of their inner child and the magic that still abounds.
As I work with warm woolen yarn, I imagine working alongside my mother’s invisible threads, connecting me to the wonderful world and serenity of my childhood in Russia and Armenia.