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ANASTASIA GEORGIEVSKAYA was born 1982 in Perm, Russia

In 1999 she graduated from Art college. Five years later, Anastasia got a degree in psychology at States Pedagogical University, Perm.

2004-2008
Participated in art workshops on 17 Kislovodskaya, Perm

2008-2010

International School of Design, Saint Petersburg

2010-2012
Free Workshops at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA)

 

SECOND CHILDHOOD

My project Second Childhood was born along with my son, six years ago. The interdisciplinary approach in my artistic practice has drawn on my experience as a psychologist and artist. Personal events in my life were the initial point of reference for my visual research. Over time, viewing the theme of second childhood through the stories of people and their families has allowed me to render the project international, including people belonging to other nationalities and cultures. The project has acquired a new semantic layer and attempts to demonstrate how traditions influence personality development.

Second Childhood produces a singular effect, affecting the natural mechanisms of our memory. When a parent is emotionally involved in their child’s life, “a pigeonhole of long-term memory” opens up. When that happens, the person not only goes down the memory lane of his or her childhood but also re-lives it. Playing and interacting with the child activates the “inner child”, a part of one’s personality responsible for curiosity, creativity, learning, as well as a relaxed attitude to life. It is a peculiar psychological effect. Interaction between two generations is not a one-way transfer of experience from parents to children, but also a powerful tool for the personal development of all the participants. My task is to demonstrate this emotional connection in the context of various cultures.

The first exhibition took place in Perm in the entrance hall of the apartment block of my childhood. This exhibition-action lasted a few hours and became a symbolic point of reference. The
Handmade glass. Child’s toy
installation “Second Childhood” presents art objects, videos, graphics and drawings, sound recordings, and some artifacts from my childhood.

I created the second series of the project “Second Childhood” in Sri Lanka because my son was born in this country.

For me, this project is the way… I take it with me wherever I go. The story of Second Childhood develops on par with the geography of my travels. New art objects, that I add to the project in every new country, are pieces of the same puzzle. It has already taken place in Russia and Sri Lanka. Currently, I am working on the Turkish episode of Second Childhood.
To be continued…

You are an artist and a psychologist. Is there a connection between these two, and if so, could you tell us more about that?

Anastasia: As an artist, I follow the path of interdisciplinary art. The interdisciplinary approach in my art practice was based on my experience as a psychologist and artist. Personal events in my life were the starting point for my visual research. My current focus is on total installations, which include art objects, paintings, graphics, and video art.

I would like to show my interdisciplinary approach to art with the example of the project called “Second Childhood”.

My project, Second Childhood, was born along with my son, six years ago.

“Second Childhood” produces a singular effect, affecting the natural mechanisms of our memory. When a parent is emotionally involved in their child’s life, “a pigeonhole of long-term memory” opens up. When that happens, the person not only goes down memory lane from his or her childhood but also re-lives it. Playing and interacting with the child activates the “inner child”, a part of one’s personality responsible for curiosity, creativity, learning, as well as a relaxed attitude to life. It is a peculiar psychological effect. Interaction between two generations is not a one-way transfer of experience from parents to children, but also a powerful tool for personal development of all the participants.


What was your introduction into the art world, and what are your earliest memories of making art?

Anastasia: In Russia, we used to say that everyone comes from his or her childhood, and I believe it’s true. I started painting earlier than I started walking properly. My parents and neighbors became my first audience. I arranged my first exhibition at the entrance of our apartment building, where I lived in my early childhood. It was very heartwarming and I wish I had at least a few photos.

30 years later I came back to the same city and same apartment building with my installation “Second Childhood”. It turned out to be a symbolic starting point of my project. It was a part of my strategy on the one hand, but, on the other hand, it was a very emotional event for me, as I met the same people who came to my first exhibition when I was a child.

Speaking about my education and experience in Art I should confess I had an interesting way. I have a classic education – I finished an art school and an art college. Then I entered the university and got my degree in Psychology. Being a student, I had a studio in the art community. I was quite big – about 60 artists of different generations and different styles were working there. It became a fantastic experience for me.

I also took a course from an international school of interior design. And it helps me a lot when I work with space I use for my installations.

I also learned at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. It became a starting point of my experience in Modern Art, and together with my professional experience as a psychologist, it brought me to the format of interdisciplinary art.

 Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter etc.

Anastasia: My installations are more like short stories. They include painting, ready-made, graphics, sometimes video-art. I like the multi-disciplinary approach in art – it helps the audience to understand the idea of the artist. Somebody will better understand through vision, somebody through listening, somebody needs to touch things and connect them with his or her own experience.

Your project “Second Life” is quite interesting, and as you say it was born along with your son. First, what is the inspiration behind it? At the same time, you say “Second Childhood” is social art research. Tell me more about that aspect.

Anastasia: My project “Second childhood” was a reflection of my maternity experience. But step by step it grew up into international research – both social and art.

For me, this project is the way… I take it with me wherever I go. The story of Second Childhood develops on par with the geography of my travel. New art objects that I add to the project in every new country are pieces of the same puzzle. It has already taken place in Russia and Sri Lanka. Currently, I am working on the Turkish episode of Second Childhood.

I started the Second Childhood art project in the city of my birth—Perm, Russia.
The second part unfolded in Sri Lanka, and it’s not a coincidence. This is where my son was born. For over seven years now I’ve been coming to live here regularly. It’s a unique experience of being immersed in the culture of a foreign country.
I also spent a few months in Istanbul, Turkey, and during this time I had a deep dive into the art-life there. In summer 2021 my Turkish colleagues will go with their project “MOTHER`S BOSOM” to San Francisco, USA, and my “Second Childhood” will be there as well.

Another feature of Second Childhood is my collaboration with the artists from the countries where I implemented the project. This approach helps reveal cultural peculiarities from the inside and draws people’s attention to actual problems of the society using contemporary art media.
The exhibition is held offline and online. Thus, on the Internet, people in different countries can follow the development of the Second Childhood project in an international context.

What are you currently working on?

Anastasia:  I have got many art projects.
Now, I’m creating a series of abstract paintings in the technique of canvas, oil, acrylic, watercolor, collage. I add to the exhibition elements of ready-made, – like textured pieces of fishing boats.
All my projects are born from my emotional experience and are a reflection of my life.
For instance, I started painting abstractions due to the changes in my own body after giving birth. My perception of the world had been changed, it became more abstract. As a result, I created a series of paintings “GIFT OF MOTHERHOOD”

That is the quotation of the review on this series provided by one of the famous Russian art experts – Vitaliy Pastukhov: Anastasia Georgievskaya’s compositions are historically and plastically connected with the birth of her child, with the changes it brought about in her psyche, physiology, and life mission. The unique space of her artistic materiality testifies to the artist’s special ecological creative method, and at the same time, brings back the memory of the childhood of all living things, the naturalness of the invisible lines between the physical and ideal worlds, between the emotional-poetic worldview and the intellectual comprehension of visual experiences. Cementing the metaphorical topography of her personal living space, Anastasia Georgievskaya relates it to us with all the traces of her dramas, hopes, and fortunate opportunities. The artist harmonizes her tricky balance in personal life, turning the experience of a radical existence into a historical universality.
 
Vitaliy Patsyukov
Curator. Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Arts Curator and head of the department of the interdisciplinary program of the State Center for Contemporary Art.

What are your plans for the future with regards to your style? Are you considering other themes or subjects or some other mediums?

Anastasia: I don’t make any plans; I just follow the process of life. That’s why the new ideas and topics which I face as an artist are always a kind of surprise, even for me.

What are you trying to communicate with your art?

Anastasia: I think that my art gives people the opportunity to consider the things they got used to from a different angle. I believe that if my projects can bring any positive changes to somebody’s life, they are worth making.

Do you believe talent is something certain people have a natural leaning to or is it something that has to be cultivated over many years?

Anastasia: I consider the talent as a gift. The artist’s vision is bigger, her feelings are more acute, her brain works at a different speed. Art projects are often ahead of their time, and the audience follows them. Art process brings the artist into a new level, makes her a different person, which can give something good to the world.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

Anastasia: I think the most unexpected and valuable thing is the reaction of the audience. I enjoy it when the person reacts in an unexpected way – start crying or go deep into memories. Sometimes it even brings them to their own art experiment, inspired by my projects. In this case I see the audience as a co-creator.

What’s next on the horizon?

Anastasia: I prefer to live “here and now”. I think last year was teaching everyone to live like that. But, at the same time, I’m involved in the art and social process. For example, right now I’m preparing for the exhibition “Second Childhood” in San Francisco, searching for a grant to implement my new project.

My goal is to create a website for the project “Second Childhood”. It will be as a long-term online exhibition project, regularly updated with the content from new authors. The website will be multilingual and actively promoted through all available art platforms, search engines, and other audience engagement tools

P.S. I don’t like to make plans, as I find life more interesting than our plans and expectations. I hope it will bring me all the best.

To learn more about Anastasia and her art, please check:

Instagram page @art_georgievskaya

Instagram page for  the project ” Second Childhood”  –  @art_2childhood

Website artgeorgievskaya.com

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