Interview: Alina Ulanova
Luca Curci talks with Alina Ulanova during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, the third appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
My name is Alina, and I am 27 years old. I was born in a small Russian town, but for the last several years I have been living in Moscow – a perfect city for me and my active lifestyle. At the end of 2022, I got an opportunity to move to Europe, and now I am happy to live in the Netherlands. I had to quit my job and reduce my social network to nothing, but I brought hope for a better future with me. For the most part of my life, I have been mad about drawing, taking photos and videos, blogging, and generating weird ideas just for fun. I always wanted to be an artist, and I taught myself how to be one. Now I think these are the only things I can do really well. Art is my salvation and self-expression, and if I ever stop drawing, it is likely because I’m dead. I am a self-taught artist able to work in different styles. The first one is a one-line technique that has brought me many followers and portrait orders. Right now, my favourite way of expressing myself is through something surreal and abstract with geometric elements. This is my current vision of the world because I have a panic disorder. The anxiety splinters my sense of the world around me into thousands of incoherent pieces that get mixed up in a strange cocktail of geometric visions. In the near future, I’m going to represent all my fears and phobias in my artwork.
LUCA CURCI – What is art for you?
ALINA ULANOVA – I am almost a 100% visual person and it’s important for me to surround myself with art and aesthetic things. Art was always a way to get my feelings out and form a vision of the world in symbolic images.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
AU – I perfectly remember when I was 5 years old I saw a picture hanging on the wall in my childhood home and decided that I wanted to practice arts myself. Nobody’s opinion could influence my decision. Sometimes I visit modern art galleries and scroll through the feed on Pinterest.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
AU – I perfectly remember when I was 5 years old I saw a picture hanging on the wall in my childhood home and decided that I wanted to practice arts myself. Nobody’s opinion could influence my decision.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artwork?
AU – The most challenging part about creating my artwork is the beginning because I always doubt that future paintings won’t be good.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
AU – In the beginning, I had no my own style, but then I realized that I draw mostly graphic sketches. In 2015 I found out about one line drawing style and tried to slightly transform it making use of broken lines. Now I am tired of it and continue searching for something new and more suitable for me.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
AU – It’s a great opportunity for aspiring artists and it gives inspiration for the next works.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
AU – The “Surreal Hills” painting was created when I didn’t know about “Future Landscapes” exhibition. I am glad that I was invited to be part of the festival and hope I have inspired more people to express themselves visually.