Interview: Alisa Ermakova
Luca Curci talks with Alisa Ermakova during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
I have been always bewildered and astonished by the wonder of life. Who are we? Why did we come here? What’s next? Since childhood, I knew that my feelings and dreams are much more real than the tangible world around me. Our feelings are the thing that impacts us and our relationship with the world, being the ruler of the individual reality of every single person. In my works, I try to show the world, birth, life and death the way I feel them, and not the way I see them. My works are the visualization of feelings and sensations. Art for me is a way to show a viewer something they can feel, a bet cannot verbalize, it is a way to speak to their soul with no words. It is a way to explore the world and the nature of the human soul. I like working with a photograph. Using paints and a brush an artist puts something they want to see on the canvas and only the way they want it to be, while a camera reflects the real world on the photo the way the camera sees it. And that is why the creation of a picture through photography is much more complicated. It requires a lot of work with the scene and the light, and post-editing so the final picture doesn’t contain any unwanted details and so that it fully reflects the initial idea. I am interested in creating my photographs the way they convey feelings and senses, and not the physical reality. The aesthetic beauty of my works is very important to me as well.
Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Alisa Ermakova – I have been interested in art since childhood, after graduating from the institute I went through the school of contemporary artists. I studied a lot of art history and color theory. I like photography for its modernity.
LC – How much is the editing process important? How’s yours?
AE – Many of the effects in my photos are made for real, they are not post-processing. In the photo presented at the exhibition, the reflection of the model was made using a flexible mirror. But editing is important, it helps to remove unnecessary details, to create the perfect color and to make the work finished.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
AE – I am an introvert and it is not always easy for me to contact unfamiliar models, so I try to get to know each other in advance, do a test shoot to find a contact. As for the creation, shooting and processing, I really like everything!
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
AE – I think in advance how to reveal the idea, what will help me best. I draw up a shooting plan and make sketches. But in the process of a photoshoot, there is improvisation. Often in the process, I try something unplanned and it turns out great!
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it like your medium of expression?
AE – Absolutely yes! I study psychology, physics, the theory of human origin. Art helps to express visually my understanding of the essence of man, the processes of birth, interaction with the world, death.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
AE – The body is a reflection of the essence of a person, a way of communicating with the world and an instrument of self-expression. We look at the body, but we see the reflection of the soul. It is very interesting.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
AE – The “Reflection” series is about our reflection in the world. Sometimes actions reveal a person from an unexpected side, revealing what he did not want to show and did not know about himself. The model is naked because she is frank, no matter how hard we try to hide something inside ourselves, everything is still visible to the viewer. The shooting took place in a studio with colored light, a flexible mirror and a smoke generator.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
AE – Yes, I am very pleased with the cooperation, I will still participate in exhibitions and competitions. I thank the manager for her help and understanding.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
AE – Cooperation with ITSLIQUID GROUP is a great way to show your work to viewers and specialists. I have already received a good offer from a visitor to the exhibition.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
AE – Yes, I am very happy and will be glad to participate in your new projects!