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The artist is a proud wife and mother.

She is an accomplished media manager, well-versed in the inner workings of mass media organizations,
and the dangerous politics of her native country in the Caucasus. Having spent over a decade navigating a difficult phase in her life, she has emerged stronger, braver, and more optimistic through art.

Emboldened by her desire for healing and understanding, the artist embarked on a creative journey in 2019 which has culminated in the multimedia art experience that is ‘A Spider’s Web’. This narrative exhibition represents the artist’s transcendence over the alienations of the past. It is a shared experience intended to bridge divides and
nurture understanding and acceptance where the burdens of the past had left distance and dissonance.

Through this interpretative art experience featuring playful pop-culture and transcultural motifs rendered in clever multimedia installations,  the artist demystifies and transforms her experiences, embracing her desire for understanding while also celebrating life. By creating and presenting ‘A Spider’s Web’, the artist finds strength in vulnerability and in trusting her audience who she invites to embark on personal journeys of their own.

 

Tell me more about your “Spider Web” project. What’s the story behind it?

A.spiders.web: The story behind A Spider’s Web is both very simple and very complex. It’s an installation I have created to “speak” to my children, to tell them the story which otherwise could be too complex to comprehend, but also to be able to share it with others and start a conversation of things I find interesting – personal and communal, responsibility and love, politics and media, manipulation and decency and much more.

What is the process from start to final artwork, do you envision it from the beginning or is it a different process?

A.spiders.web: The images of the objects one can see within this installation didn’t take long to think of. They rather “came” to me and kept popping up whenever I would think of this or that situation/feeling. From start to finish it took about 3-4 weeks to have the full vision and another 1.5 months to make this become an installation with a help of my close friend.

How do you keep your ideas fresh?

A.spiders.web: Probably by not thinking about whether or not they are fresh. I sincerely share what comes to my mind and I find it interesting/curious the hope is that others will too.

Is there a message you are trying to give with your art, or is it something else?

A.spiders.web: Yes and no. This installation to me is a detox and an invitation for a conversation. I want to share my story as I think it can be both interesting, inspiring, and most importantly reliable

Do you have a real-life situation that inspired your artwork, if yes, what was it?

A.spiders.web: All the artwork is based on real-life situations or my feelings about what occurred to me, to us as a family. Many turbulent years after my father has passed away filled with legal fights, politics, media, and personal drama.

What’s the most challenging part of your artistic process? And how do you overcome it?

A.spiders.web: Beginners luck probably but so far it has been nothing but pure joy, feeling that I am detoxifying myself from the burden I have been carrying and seeing that my ideas with the help of others can materialize into objects and eventually into an installation where one can walk through my “head” has been nothing but rewarding and inspiring.

What’s the coolest art tip you’ve ever received?

A.spiders.web: Beauty is in the eyes of the spectator. It truly is. Only when I completed my installation and piece started seeing it I realized that only then it felt complete. It’s not as important unless people can create a connection with it. Without it just stays as a personal story only interesting to my family.

What artists influenced you the most and why?

A.spiders.web: Having read about modern art generally I understand it’s Ilya Kabakov a soviet artist who now lives in the US who started creating total installations. But believe it or not, I didn’t know about him until after I created mine. I did the installation without any ambition of being an artist, I just desperately needed to share my story so there was no research done whatsoever. It was simply but genuinely sincere process of showing what I was carrying inside me.

What was the last piece you’ve enjoyed working on and why?

A.spiders.web: I have only so far made one installation but I have many new ideas. Probably won’t start with a new project until the images are so stating that they almost start haunting me. That’s when I know I won’t rest until I go with this and see it through.

What are you currently working on?

A.spiders.web: Some ideas are starting to form in my head and I guess it’s another installation that I starting to see born but too early to say.

What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?

A.spiders.web:

https://aspidersweb.com

Instagram – @a.spiders.web

What’s next on the horizon for A Spider’s Web?

A.spiders.web: I would love to get an opportunity to show the installation to more people. So far it hasn’t been properly shown to the general public and although this can be a scary process for me I feel I can be doing something socially meaningful by sharing this story further and inviting more people to express themselves and participate in the conversation.

Thank you!

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