Today I would like to present a young artist Natalie Rukavishnikova to you. I was happy to ask her several questions about her life.
As many other children I enjoyed drawing when I was a little girl. I studied in an ordinary school. Drawing took all my time when I started to prepare to enter the academy.
While studying at school I had a dream to dedicate my life to skateboarding. When I was 14, such brands as Nike, Fresh and Fiction cooperated with me. However, after numerous injures I realized that I would not be able to work like this for a long time. So, when I was about to finish school, I started to think about the future, to search something that I would love not less than skateboarding. Something that would give me the same feeling of liberty. The first idea that came up to me was to follow in my mother’s footsteps and become an architect. I started preparing to enter Moscow Institute of Architecture. At the same time, I helped my friend in the children’s musical drama theater named “A-Ya” with the stage properties (artist and dramatist Egor Fedorichev introduced me to this theatre). I went to the theatre frequently. Suddenly half a year before the exams I remained committed to the painting, to the work with color and to the examination of theater. After school I went to The Russian University of Theatre Arts to study to be an artist and stage designer. It was rather a spontaneous and intuitive decision.
For me it is just a story about the imaginary friend. While working I was inspired by Norwegian fairy-tales and my little sisters.
Something wild surrounds us and at the same time can be found inside us. Animals and nature symbolize our emotions.
For instance, let us look at the painting “A Walk in the Dark”. When love, fear, hatred or other emotions make a person blind, he moves blindfolded. And if he doesn’t open his “eyes”, sooner or later emotions will swallow him up.
As a matter of fact, today movies impress me deeper than other works of art. Very often they are similar to paintings for me. I enjoy watching “Crimson Peak”. I think this piece of art is awesome and beautiful. Everything is overwhelming: actors, costumes, scenery, ghosts, the mansion. This story wants to be seen again and again.
Yes, to a large extent Ray Bradbury and the Major Arcana in the Taro deck inspired me. In this series I’m interested in a person: how he, so imperfect, aims to become a whole one. For example, his fears, illusions and emotions, fight against them and their admission.
You can find some paintings, sketches, interviews and publications, information about the past exhibition on my website natalieruka.com. There is a list of products available for sale in Store section. Paintings from the series can be bought after exhibition, some can be reserved while I paint them. If you want to buy anything, you can address me directly through my website, mail or messages.
Moreover, there are copies of extra and limited edition in storystore.ru shop.
AUTHOR || Elizabeth TIKHOMIROVA IG @eli_daizy
ARTIST || Natalie Rukavishnikova IG @natalieruka