Interview: Olesya Smolkova
Luca Curci talks with Olesya Smolkova during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, the second appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
“I am an artist, screenwriter, and mother of three. The most important thing for me is to express the beauty of the world and my inner world. The way I see this beauty. I graduated from the Bauman Moscow Technical University with a degree in engineering for compressor and vacuum equipment. I’m studying to be a screenwriter, and I currently live and work in Moscow. I participated in various online and offline exhibitions and competitions, and collaborate with galleries and organizations, such as “Here” on Taganka, Moscow; NaZavod, Moscow; ArtAlebrio, Moscow; Art Guest Agency & Auction, international project; Gallery Kvartira S; ARTPLAY; The Forbidden Fruit, Miami, USA; BORDERS 2021 – Venice International Art Fair, Venice, Italy”.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Olesya Smolkova – For me, art is, first of all, an opportunity to express myself and tell the world how I see it.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
OS – I am a research engineer and entrepreneur in the past. Now I am skirting my own development as an artist and screenwriter. I have three children. My family and I travelled a lot, especially in Italy, probably it was the Italian artists who made me inspired by painting and I decided to try to express my emotions on canvas. I really appreciate the Italian culture and I hope that I will soon be able to attend my exhibitions in your beautiful country myself!
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
OS – In my paintings, I try to break down the barriers between fiction and reality, to look for a unique concept. It is important for me that each work becomes a portal for the viewer, a kind of exit into his subconscious.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
OS – It’s not easy to be an artist in Russia, but I can handle it. People love my works and they are happy to purchase them for their collections.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
OS – I am still developing as an artist and am in search of my own style and manner of depiction, as well as coming up with a concept for my movement.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
OS – I like the projects of ITSLIQUID GROUP and I will be happy to participate in them in the future too!