Interview: Alina Hamalia
Luca Curci talks with Alina Hamalya during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020, at The ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
“My name is Alina Hamalia and I am a young Ukrainian artist. I am interested in creating paintings that transform consciousness, harmonize the state of mind and heal the deepest wounds of the soul. I was born in Alushta, Crimea, in 1994. I have the desire to draw since my childhood when I was 5 years. In 2012 I graduated from a comprehensive school and moved to Kiev, where I continued my studies at KNUCA at the Department of Architecture. Having received a master’s degree in 2018, I continue my studies as a graduate student till now. In painting, I am interested in issues such as boundaries and limitations: social, personal, state and most importantly – the boundaries of consciousness (reality and illusion). An intuition – is the main idea and the philosophy of my art. Various spiritual practices are used to achieve the intent. I share the idea of the interaction of two spheres: the sky and the sea. I also miss my home – Crimea, its lands and seascapes. Therefore, I meet the sea every time with paints on canvas – this is my portal to eternity, the door to my home. My main inspiration is so-called “soul wisdom” that cannot be visible but everyone can feel”.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Alina Hamalia – Art is my life, it is the world of colors and dreams that can be alive in this reality. Art is something that makes me feel that my life is not in vain.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
AH – Shortly, I’m an architect (Phd student at KNUCA until 2022) and an artist (my teachers are Lendel A.A., Shevchuk A.A., Ustimenko V.V.), but I also organize exhibitions and training on self-development. I founded the online art school Sky&Sea where I coach and teach art. I am also a dreamer and sky lover. I meet with the sea every time I have the possibility to visit my homeland. I had an unusual sleeping almost every night for nearly 10 years. All of these experiences influenced my work.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
AH – I have the same answer: the Sea, its spirit, its depth and unknown power, its colors and freedom.
LC – What is your creative process like?
AH – There are usually many different works and different areas of my involvement and in the process, I constantly think about paintings and colors. When I have free time, I plunge into the sea on canvas. Sometimes I can draw for 8 or even 12 hours in a row. It’s like meditation for me from which I don’t want to come back. I just go to that white dot among the waves that I often paint in my works that is like a door to another space, where I can relax from all the hustle and bustle of my day. Sometimes I come up with thoughts like “nothing exists, everything around is just a dream, an illusion”, “where are the boundaries between who we are and what we can imagine to ourselves?”, “how real is reality?” and so on. Then I take the brush again in my hands and all the washes float to nowhere. And I dissolve. And I just don’t exist. I am just an extension of the paint on the canvas. I am a tool in the hands of the Sea, that wants to be shown on the canvas. I can’t describe in human words how I feel. The creative process is like: me, brushes, colors and a lonely room without nothing more but canvas.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
AH – I watch marine, abstract geometry, psychotronic art, transcendental art, AR | VR and my preferred subjects are the sea, sunrises, sky and unusual sleep. I’ve been inspired by artists such as Ivan Aivazovsky, Arkhip Kuinzhi, Leonardo da Vinci, Andrey Sidersky.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
AH – I really like what you do. It was a very consonant theme for me and I support it. Boundaries are something that constantly manifest themselves in different spheres of our life: relationships, place of residence, boundaries of consciousness, boundaries of possibilities and more, and this can only worry.
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?
AH – I am very pleased and I thank you. This picture was painted last year for my personal exhibition entitled “Your limit” (“your boundaries”), which I held on my birthday on December 1 with about 25 works. It was like an opportunity to do something pleasant for people and for myself. The picture is the first of those ones painted from lucid dreams and it has a continuation in the form of additional reality. I wanted to try to combine traditional painting and new computer technologies. I wanted to convey to the viewer how this picture moves in my imagination. Thus, I wanted to refute the sentence “a picture is a frozen music”. False, because there are no boundaries in the picture, and this artwork shows that boundaries do not exist at all, only if someone wants and comes up with them (boundaries).
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
AH – Sure. This sphere was interesting to me. In childhood, I dreamt to have a gallery to share art with creative people, work together with other art spaces and organize different art exhibitions and festivals like you do. And now I can take part in it thankfully for your organization. It is cool.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
AH – I like it. ITSLIQUID GROUP is my first experience in a group exhibition and I am happy to start with you. This festival inspires me to think about new artworks, I already have some new ideas and it also helps me to meet new artistic people all over the world, even online. It’s a good way to share art with everyone internationally.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
AH – Yes, I am thankful for that opportunity. Let’s go further.