Monday, February 22, 2010

Another Inspiring and Interesting Artist

As I have said earlier, one of the things I want to do on my blog is to share with you when I come across other artists in any genre that are inspiring and talented. A friend sent this link to me and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The paragraph below came with the e-mail, not original to me. It helps to understand what the images are about.

This video shows the winner of "Ukraine's Got Talent", Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch. The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears and she won the top prize of about £75,000. She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated. It is replaced by a woman's face crying, but then a baby arrives and the woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young woman's face appears. She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier. This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monument from within a house. In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside and a man standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye. The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine, resulted in one in four of the population being killed with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million. Kseniya Simonova says: "I find it difficult enough to create art using paper and pencils or paintbrushes, but using sand and fingers is beyond me. The art, especially when the war is used as the subject matter, even brings some audience members to tears. And there's surely no bigger compliment."


http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=vOhf3OvRXKg

If you enjoyed this clip, there are others of her on YouTube. You can search on Kseniya Simonova and find them. I'll have another post about this probably tomorrow. Something that is rattling around in my brain.

Have a WONDERFUL and CREATIVE week!!!