Interview: Olga Marchenko
Luca Curci talks with Olga Marchecko during BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2021 – 3rd Edition at Valid World Hall Gallery.
“In my artworks, I explore contrasts. And it’s not just about color contrasts, it’s about the beauty of contrast in our lives, our emotions and perceptions. We can be tough and soft, we can insist on our own, we can be flexible. And in all this, in the softness and flexibility, there is a lot of strength. And there is a lot of beauty and admiration in this power. To present my work, I often use the environment, as contrasts are all around us.”
LUCA CURCI – What’s your background?
OLGA MARCHENKO – I graduated from the Faculty of Graphic Design and have been working in this field for almost 10 years. I love the simplicity and conciseness of forms in design, working with color, and therefore I use some techniques in my artistic experience. When I was a student, I was part of a group of artists, we were engaged in graphic art and this allowed me to see the work of different artists from the inside. Then I separated and started working with oil, after I was carried away by the illustration and I returned to the graphics again. Techniques have changed over time, but this visual language and search always remains important. I have been working with alcohol ink for the last couple of years, now it is the most flexible and interesting material for me.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
OM – I’m currently working on a series on glass. I use it instead of paper and create three-dimensional compositions from it by superimposing several layers of glass on top of each other.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
OM – In observing what is happening. In learning something new for me from other spheres of life. And in the process of my own work. One idea gives birth to another and this is my way to move on.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
OM – Yes, definitely. Sometimes people see the process in a completely different way and it helps to look at their work from a different angle.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
OM – I work with alcohol ink. And to protect myself, I have to work in a respirator. It is quite difficult to physically work in it for several hours in a row.
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?
OM – This winter, I decided to create a series of works dedicated to contrasts. It’s about the beauty of contrast and nuance in our lives, our emotions and perceptions. We can be strong and vulnerable, we can be assertive, we can be flexible. And in all this, in the softness and flexibility, there is a lot of strength. And there is a lot of beauty and admiration in this power. I created a series of works on this topic, and some of them were presented at the festival.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
OM – One of the themes of the festival is MIXING IDENTITIES, which analyzes the hidden parts of our identities, This well shows the theme of my latest series of artworks. We are made up of many events and people who meet us on the way and surround us. This is how the most different and sometimes opposite things intertwine in us. With the help of this experience, we express ourselves and come into contact with others, transform with the appearance of new views, this is an endless process for research.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
OM – ITSLIQUID Platform has excellent locations for presenting works and a team of professionals who help in organizing the entire exhibition process.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
OM – Yes, definitely. It is very valuable that the topics of the festival are really relevant and interesting for discussion and immersion in work.