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Artwork Challenge EVE: Femininity, Cultural Codes and AI.

Natalie Kiri, Valentina Conchie, Valeria Eliseyeva
Natalie Kiri, Valentina Conchie, Valeria Eliseyeva

Curated by Valentina Conchie, EVE is a fascinating artwork expertise that celebrates the multifaceted nature of ladies. Executed by feminine artists, dwelling and dealing in Singapore, this thought-provoking collection explores the varied embodiments of ladies, shedding mild on their distinctive tales, struggles and strengths.

By means of the lens of a feminine photographer, this mission delves deep into the womanhood, capturing the essence of femininity in all its kinds. From the quiet energy of a mom nurturing her little one to the inventive vitality of a feminine artist, the sexuality of a younger lady discovering her identification to the evolution of relationships with a particular second half. EVE showcases the spectrum of feelings and moments that outline the feminine expertise.

Valentina, please inform us how did you meet the opposite members of the mission?

All being from put up Soviet house we communicate one language and flow into in the identical neighborhood. A mutual good friend launched us to one another.

Natalie with her work “Autumn in Her Eyes”
Natalie along with her work “Autumn in Her Eyes”

I used to be instantly captivated by Natalie’s creativity, she had plenty of recent concepts. Being a sought-after model photographer she steadily gravitates in the direction of the Artwork. You’ll be able to see an instance of her pure artwork mission in one of many rooms in Joo Chiat the place she depicts the unity between nature and human world, vegetation grows from our bodies and switch ladies into flowers. Natalie was and is extremely beneficiant, conducting a number of photograph classes for me. In actual fact my profile photograph and a lot of the gallery photographs on my web site are made by Natalie. Collectively we labored on an unimaginable mission about my largest portray thus far, Nadya & Ben, making a fantasy visible narrative for it which is because of be revealed. I can assure, you’ll like it!

As of Valeria, first time we met was at Artwork SG final yr which is symbolic actually. We spent the entire day collectively taking a look at unimaginable prime quality artwork, legendary names and it felt so pure, like we knew one another for ages. That’s what Valeria’s artwork is about, being pure, capturing on a regular basis moments and making them look particular, creating magic from on a regular basis life. It’s a uncommon present and an distinctive expertise. I’m very grateful to Valeria for introducing me to Maral Klycheva, an artist, trainer and an expensive good friend. And eventually, Valeria informed me the right way to maintain my again straight naturally, when I’m being photographed which is totally invaluable!

Valeria in her photography process
Valeria in her images course of

Now, I’d prefer to know a bit extra about every of you. Please inform us just a few phrases about your background, your approach into artwork and your present observe.

Valentina: Visible artist, curator, and an energetic member of the Singapore Artwork Neighborhood I name Singapore house for the final 9 years. Initially from Moscow, Russia, I graduated from Medical College, and moved to Singapore along with my household 9 years in the past. I all the time beloved Artwork but it surely was by no means constant, drawing on occasion in between working hours, scribbling within the notebooks across the sentences, on the napkins within the eating places. It’s the transfer to Singapore with its lush vibrant greenery and peaceable manner that made me take into consideration Artwork once more. I attended few artwork courses, in NAFA and My Artwork House, they helped me to maneuver right into a behavior of making once more. I began experimenting with mediums and codecs and the remainder is the historical past.

My Artwork aesthetics are characterised by daring color mixtures, repetitive patterns, and distinctive portraits that mix figurative type with parts of Artwork Nouveau and Pop Artwork. Throughout my observe I take advantage of a number of strategies corresponding to combined media portray, intuitive collage, digital, movie images and AI.

Valeria: I’m a household and portrait photographer, primarily based in Singapore. Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, I grew up surrounded by inspiring work created by my grandfather, Valentin Kosenko, a well known artist in Ukraine. I spent my faculty years in Germany, then moved to Netherlands after which Los Angeles to get a level in enterprise adopted by work in a consulting trade. Then my approach led me to Moscow the place I constructed my household. Changing into a mom impressed me to discover the works of household photographers from Odessa and St. Petersburg, I used to be captivated. Three years in the past, when my household relocated to Singapore, I lastly allowed myself to change into an expert full-time photographer.

My work in the present day focuses on ladies, motherhood, and intimacy, characterised by its naturalness and minimal post-production, capturing on a regular basis moments that exude heat. I’ve a robust portfolio on PhotoVogue, with works masking subjects of maternity, feminine portraits, and nature. I get pleasure from depicting femininity and have a considerable quantity of feminine portraits. My point of interest is on human and feminine magnificence surrounded by landscapes and cityscapes.

Natalie: Style and portrait photographer, I’ve been dwelling in Singapore for 4 years. I began my images profession in Vladivostok, Russia and since then I’m exploring the multifaceted world of visible artwork. It was in Singapore after I realised, that being a photographer is my true ardour and limitless journey of exploring everybody and every thing thought the lens of the digicam. Images permits me to specific my distinctive perspective on magnificence and aesthetics impressed by individuals, nature, vogue, and artwork. As a visible artist, I don’t strictly comply with a selected type, as every photograph mission requires its distinctive strategy and strategies. A major a part of my work consists of black and white pictures with a person twist. Taking part in with mild and shadows, utilizing the lengthy publicity impact, my black and white photographs enable me so as to add mystical magnificence and understatement to my works. I discover inspiration in icons like Richard Avedon, Saul Leiter, Lillian Bassman, Steven Meisel, Paolo Roversi, Nick Knight. In my free time I get pleasure from visiting galleries, making movies, play tennis, and travelling to totally different nations to discover their tradition.

Valentina with the artist Malini Nathan, artwork “Warmth” at the background
Valentina with the artist Malini Nathan, paintings “Heat” on the background

“To me, Malini is the epitome of knowledge – all the time calm, beneficiant and sort. Her magnificence radiates from the within out. I really feel each pleasure and serenity after I discuss to her, which is a uncommon present. I expertise the identical emotions after I view her artwork, which options many parts from nature, evoking calm reflection and a way of interconnectedness between people and nature.” Valentina

Inform us about mission EVE. What have been your inspirations and the technical features concerned in it.

Valentina: For EVE, I’ve returned to the intuitive collage method. I’m a very long time fan of this medium. In actual fact, that’s the method I began with after I determined to noticeably pursue artwork. This time I’ve ventured into the digital realm utilizing a number of items of my very own images taken regionally in Singapore, together with surroundings, landmarks, vegetation, textures, paint checks on paper, cutouts from newspapers and parts of Al-generated photographs. All of those parts are mixed right into a collage and are topped off with spray paint patterns. The primary characters of this mission are the artists I personally know and am impressed by their artwork and personalities.

My hope is to evoke a way of relatability, primarily within the particular person depicted within the paintings as a result of it’s created for them and about them. As for the spectators, I hope they are going to be inspired to study extra concerning the featured artists, their biographies and artwork to higher perceive the works.

Natalie: I’m deeply honoured to be a part of this Artwork Challenge celebrating the varied nature of ladies. Photographing ladies gives me with the chance to focus on the individuality and uniqueness of every particular person. My works for the EVE depict mystical dimensions of ladies, these holding secrets and techniques and posing questions. Each {photograph} uncovers distinctive energy, magnificence, confidence, and finesse, all contributing to the portrayal of the mysterious world of femininity.

Valeria: EVE depicts ladies at totally different transformational phases and I’m thrilled to have the ability to contribute to this subject with my works. On the photoshoots I proof totally different faces of affection. Passionate love, tender love in the direction of your companion, pure like to kids and at last self-love. These phases outline the feminine life expertise, and I’m grateful for the chance to show these features by my artwork.

In your opinion what’s artwork? What’s the function that artwork and artists play within the society?

Valentina: Artwork is every thing, we’re surrounded by artwork within the on a regular basis surroundings. When you open your thoughts to this concept you’ll begin seeing inspiration actually in all places and your view of the world will change. Something an individual creates is Artwork. That’s the reason I completely detest detrimental feedback about anybody’s artwork, any artwork that’s created has the correct to exist, it’s human expression, it’s remedy, it’s vitality, thought and optimistic cost, that what all of us want like air. If I might, I’d place David Shrigley’s work “Artwork will save the world” on each huge display screen in each metropolis. As a result of artwork is a common language, it has good intentions in its core, it has no borders and it unites individuals.

And artists are the messengers of the Artwork into the world. I’m not speaking solely about skilled artists, I’m speaking about all of the individuals who create, paint, do digital artwork, movie, make music, dance, the listing is lengthy.

Valeria: Artwork is a robust device, enriching our life, eradicating borders and permitting us to immerse into totally different worlds within the technique of creation. Artwork is the way in which to find the world, a few of us have higher notion by listening to others by visualising. Nevertheless, it’s not all the time simple to show your self, perceive and really feel the artwork if it’s not taught extensively at college and if it’s not supported as topic by all of the stakeholders.

Natalie: I actually consider that artwork is a approach to share your perspective with others. It’s significant for society, sparking creativity, reflecting tradition, and making us assume. It acts as a bridge between the previous, current, and future. Once we come throughout a robust piece of artwork, it connects with our feelings, grabs our consideration, and may even change our ideas or lives. These feelings might be optimistic or detrimental, sturdy or delicate. If a chunk of artwork makes you pause, it means it has achieved its job. After I choose up my digicam, I all the time take into consideration the story I wish to inform my viewers and the feelings I wish to evoke. To me, images is an incredible approach to specific myself that goes past language, talking by the photographs I seize.

Natalie with her artwork “World of Aymée”
Natalie along with her paintings “World of Aymée”

What are your future plans and initiatives?

Valentina: I’m engaged on a number of initiatives in the meanwhile. A brand new collection of digital works which equally to EVE will characteristic artists. The idea of this collection shall be totally different however I’ll depart it a shock. I proceed engaged on my vibrant portrait works, this time I draw from the concept of convergence of East & West, which I consider is one thing that our world wants and it will occur. To visualise this notion I introduce conventional motives and pictures acquainted to everybody. One other thrilling paintings to be completed is ready for me at Barry Yeow’s Studio the place he expands my skillset and teaches me to take a look at the artwork from varied angles. I’m additionally nurturing an idea that I’ll lay out on a big canvas, the picture is crystal clear in my head and it’ll show my view of the world, I simply want to seek out time to leap on it. In January I’m curating a brand new present in Crane Joo Chiat, devoted to the important difficulty of the present instances which is Sustainability. This present is included in The Singapore Artwork Week program and I’m very excited to have the ability to add urgency to this significant subject. And final however not least, from 1st to third of December, along with the man artists, I shall be displaying my prints at Selegie Arts Centre, I’m wanting ahead to spend a while within the firm of the pleasant creatives and hope to see a lot of you there, this shall be enjoyable.

Valeria: I incorporate plenty of Singaporean surroundings in my images, not solely utilizing it as an atmosphere for my inventive initiatives but additionally holding it for my future reminiscences if and after I depart Singapore.
I’m engaged on a number of Singapore themed artworks in the meanwhile. Predominantly involving ladies. Capturing varied phases of life, experiences and feelings that include them. This work requires data of particular person psychological features and I plan to discover these subject in additional element. Type and quantity are two different essential features I’d prefer to give attention to in my upcoming initiatives.

Natalie: I’m presently nurturing a number of artwork initiatives, every of them taking an experimental strategy. Not too long ago, throughout The Reasonably priced Artwork Truthful, I had the chance to come across the works of an Indonesian artist named Riz. This expertise has impressed me to create a brand new artwork mission and I’m engaged on it in the meanwhile.

Valeria with her works “You are all I want” and “Precious Gift”
Valeria along with her works “You might be all I need” and “Treasured Reward”

The place can we see a few of your work and are they on the market? Do you settle for commissions? What’s the working course of when shoppers wish to strategy you for a fee?

Valentina: You’ll be able to see my works on my web site, Instagram and naturally you’ll be able to write to me, I’d like to reply your questions. I settle for commissions, each for portray and images primarily based works. It is extremely essential for me to speak to an individual earlier than I do it, ideally to fulfill or do a zoom name to have the ability to create a piece that an individual can connect with and really feel relatable. I like to create works that shall be speaking to an individual commissioning them, they’ll embrace particulars significant to that specific particular person. On the similar time, I choose to resolve on the design and look of the work myself, I’ll think about feedback on color palette however I gained’t do alterations.

Natalie: I usually showcase my creative endeavours on varied social media platforms, with a specific give attention to Instagram. The platform gives me with a dynamic house to share the evolution of my initiatives and interact with a various viewers. Presently, I’m engaged on a number of artwork initiatives, every stuffed with an experimental spirit, and I’m excited to announce that these works will quickly be made accessible for buy. Keep tuned for updates on my social media channels for unique insights into the inventive course of and particulars on buying these items.

Valeria: Yow will discover my work on my social media, my Instagram and my web site.
I don’t promote my pictures but, however I supply photograph classes and mentorship. Whereas in fact I’m pleased to take commissions, on a person foundation, for me extra essential is to fulfill fascinating and provoking individuals and community, create relationships and alternate concepts. That is essential for an artist because it helps to grasp the intention behind each work and helps to change into extra inventive and to higher seize emotions of characters and depict their particular moments.

The Artwork Challenge EVE, view of the partitions

Are there any artists who’ve impressed you on the up to date artwork scene?

Valentina: Up to date artwork scene is so vibrant, it’s a onerous job to attempt to choose up just some, however I’ll strive. In up to date images my limitless admiration goes to Alain Laboile and his approach to create deeply transferring scenes from on a regular basis life; he’s a real magician. My favorite artwork type is surrealism, works that make me mirror and bend the thoughts really fascinate me. Elena Sheidlina is a vivid instance of contemporary day surrealist artist combining wonderful concepts and up to date mediums to create magic. I like childishness and pure pleasure within the works of Robert Nava and mystique mixed with fairy tailing in Marcel Dzama’s creations. And I already talked about above David Shrigley who’s a modern-day genius, creating visible stamps that strike you proper within the head.

Valeria: I get inspiration from quite a few artists. Kulesza & Pik reside and create in Paris, inspiring me with their data of type, quantity and color. In Singapore, lately I found Rachel Loh and I’m impressed along with her inventive path, concepts, and work with feminine physique.

Natalie: My creative inspiration attracts from each conventional and up to date photographic artists. Amongst them, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Kazimir Malevich, and Jackson Pollock, whose contributions have left an indelible mark on the artwork world. As of latest artists, I discover profound inspiration within the mystical works of Zorikto Dorzhiev, whose artwork resonates deeply with my inventive sensibilities. Exploring the varied influences of those artists enriches my very own creative journey, shaping the distinctive mix of views that I convey to my work.

Artworks from The Artwork Challenge EVE

When you have been to call one mentor who has impressed you in your life and path as an artist, who would that be?

Valentina: Artwork is my foremost mentor. I get very sturdy emotions after I see piece of artwork, artwork that speaks to me. And I’m very grateful to all real individuals who helped and maintain serving to me, my husband and the remainder of my household in fact.

Natalie: A lot of the credit score for my ardour is owed to the photographer Alexander Medvedev, who has served as my mentor. Beneath his steering, I gained a profound understanding of the importance of artwork in images. His mentorship outfitted me with elementary data, enabling me to navigate my inventive path and uncover an array of types in images.

Valeria: My first trainer, Julia Pleskachevskaya initiated my transfer into images. 4 years in the past, she impressed me to work with fatigued moms, emphasising the seize of their internal magnificence and pure grace of their on a regular basis actions, corresponding to breastfeeding. Her steering laid the inspiration for my journey as a photographer, shaping my perspective and strategy to celebrating the genuine moments within the lives of these I seize by my lens.

EVE arrange course of. Video credit score to Natalie Kiri


All of us actually loved engaged on this mission collectively, it allowed us to point out our personal particular person standpoint whereas integrating it right into a united idea that all of us can relate to. It was a particular expertise of collaboration, connection and sharing to create mutual profit and significant concept. We’re wanting ahead to work on the initiatives collectively sooner or later and we’ve confirmed to be an incredible workforce.

For extra on Valentina’s artwork, click on the hyperlinks under:

Web site: https://vibrantcuckoo.com
Instagram: @vibrantcuckoo

For extra on Natalie’s artwork, click on the hyperlinks under:

Web site: https://photoart1one.com/
Instagram: @natalie.kiri

For extra on Valeria’s artwork, click on the hyperlinks under:

Web site: www.valeriaeliseyevaphotography.com 
Instagram: @valeriaeliseyeva_photography

Artwork Challenge EVE is positioned at Crane Joo Chiat, 285 Joo Chiat Rd,
427535 and shall be accessible from 1st to twenty seventh November 2023

Opening hours from 9 am to six pm

For extra on unique interviews and featured artwork items, click on right here.

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