1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
My name is Natalia. I live in the Russian capital city, Moscow. I started making my wire sculptures rather recently, only about five years ago. Everything I can do today is the result of many years of studying, hard work and love for what I do. I am grateful to all the teachers who transferred their knowledge to me and, moreover, taught me not to be afraid of experimenting with different materials. It is so fascinating when you can draw or assemble any shape out of literally anything.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
I am a graphic designer by trade. I like the fact that my sculptures look like pencil sketches, graphic and airy. These objects can be bright accents in the interior, but at the same time, they remain very modest in terms of color and filling.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
I normally work with wire. Wire is a very unusual and flexible material, it allows for any ideas and provides for limitless creative possibilities.
4. What is your artistic process like?
What I love the most is creating a new character as I please, without boundaries, guidelines or deadlines. I have a lot of ideas in stock. And I am also very grateful to the customers who give me difficult assignments. I see no end to it. There are so many other materials that you can combine with wire, and the result will only get more interesting. The life is not enough to fulfil all the ideas and reach the maximum proficiency. The most complicated thing is to work out your own style, to create a sculpture balanced in shape and graphics so that it looks same wonderful from each side. I have always loved different shapes and materials. My hands are drawn to unusual objects and start exploring them unwittingly. I think it was only logical that my love for graphics and shape merged into making wire art.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
I am hugely inspired by nature. Namely, the living creatures – animals, birds, fish. I am playing with the idea to make a sculpture of a person, but it still feels like a very responsive and complicated project.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
I think everyone should have some creativity in his life. Doesn’t matter if you are doing the dishes or creating a masterpiece. All the tasks should be approached creatively. I am so happy that I managed to get myself a job which is a continuous creative process.
7. Where did you study?
I started studying in the art school at the age of 14. I got so into it that I followed up with the design classes. And then I decided to move from Moldavia to Russia to get the quality higher education. I got enrolled at the Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics majoring in graphics design and studied there for six years.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I dream to master a new technique of wire sculpting in order to make the sculptures more durable and lasting. But this means I need to befriend a welding machine and go to a new level of work. And to do this I need a workshop to bring my ideas to life.
9. What about in ten?
And in ten years I might engage in jewelry production. I’ve been curious about it since early childhood. But we shall see.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
The creative process as such is the main thing for me. I am in a constant search for my own style and identity. I would really want to make my wire sculptures stand out the line of any similar objects.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
It is very hard to talk about yourself. But I know for a fact that my family is the most important thing in the world. Without their love and support, I would not be able to enjoy my work. I am a very positive and life-loving person. And I try to live in harmony with myself and nature. Well, I do not have any special preferences in food. I am rather indifferent to it unless it is my mom’s cooking.
12. Favourite book?
I like different kinds of books. But honestly speaking, I would much sooner pay attention to the illustrations, typography and print quality.
13. Favourite genre of music?
I cannot imagine my life without music. I listen to different music depending on the mood. But I have one singer I can listen to every day and everywhere. Lenny Kravitz.
14. What are your hobbies?
I used to consider wire sculpting to be my hobby. But for the past three years, it has been my everyday work. In general, I like drawing by hand. And it doesn’t matter if I draw with a pencil, a pen, a brush or paint.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
If I were not a sculptor, I could be a kindergarten teacher. I love communicating with the young children and teach them art.