Anna Ovsiankina was born in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.
Artworks are bright as you see. There is a lot of energy and it is important for me to convey this in my works. I want people to enjoy these paintings, so that they resonate in their souls.
My task is to create an atmosphere of pleasure and energy.
Hi Anna! Were there any defining moments that shaped the person you are and therefore the artist you are today? And, what personality trait do you have that has been most helpful in your art career?
Anna: Hi Lisa! I want to spread beauty and energy. I love when beauty is a part of life. I think this is one of the reasons for my art. Disarming beauty touches our senses. I want to create paintings that make people feel real emotions. My artworks are bright as you can see. There is a lot of energy and it is important for me to convey this in my works. I want people to like my paintings and that they resonate in people’s souls.
My task is to create an atmosphere of pleasure and energy. I believe if an artist shows himself or herself to the world, he/she creates a community of engaged people who are interested in this art.
Can you share a usual day in your life, and what a day in your art studio is like… we love the details, and what music would you listen to, and do you have any pets accompany you?!
Anna: Most often I work in the morning and afternoon, very rarely in the evening. I need daylight when I work. A few years ago, I created most of my paintings in one or two stages. Now I create most of the works for a longer time. There are always paintings in the process of work and I am working on them. However, at the same time, I begin working on other paintings. I usually create in silence or listen to rock music. When I need to focus on details, then only in silence. I am a coffee lover, so always make coffee breaks after 1.5-2 hours of work.
Now I have no pets, but I am definitely a cat lover in the first place.
Tell me more about your 2018 “Femininity”, what’s the story behind it, what inspired these series?
Anna: The body is our best manifestation, our outfit for living. We manifest our feelings, emotions, and condition through our bodies. Even if we try to hide these feelings from others, we cannot deceive ourselves. We seem to fly when we are in love, or we can immediately see confidence in the posture. I had an idea to show any emotion or
condition through body visions. The idea was to depict smooth lines of body images instead of real postures and face lines. It is because of the smoothness of the lines that the entire series represents women (I do not see an opportunity for myself to present the image of a male body so smoothly). This is how the series got its name. I would like to emphasize separately that the word «femininity» in my understanding represents all emotions and states, and not only some limitations. In 2018, I presented the first 10 paintings of this series at a personal exhibition. Currently, some of these paintings have found their owners, and I continue to work on the same series.
You’ve had two solo exhibitions in art galleries and many group exhibitions, if you could choose one, which would it be, and why?
Anna: I would still choose my personal exhibition «Femininity». I do not just continue to create artworks from this series, but they evolve and progress if I may say so. In some paintings, I intertwine characters with floral motifs. Thus, I combine the two directions of my painting.
Do you have a real-life situation that inspired your artwork?
Anna: I cannot choose one situation. I will only note that I always paint beloved flowers from nature. In general, I love flowers very much and I love to have bouquets in vases in my daily life.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Anna: When someone says that I have painted the essence of this person when I guessed the emotions of another.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Anna: The best way is to make as many touchpoints as possible. Don’t focus on just one distribution channel, but diversify them. Social media works great for getting to know my personality. Paintings can be viewed and bought in several online galleries. And, of course, exhibitions where paintings can be viewed live.
What’s the most challenging part of your artistic process? And how do you overcome it?
Anna: Since I do not have a classical complete art education, then, of course, sometimes I do not have enough technical skills. But in terms of working with materials, everything still goes through practice. And at some point, I decided that if something doesn’t work out right now, it’s just a step along my way. The main thing is not only to admit imperfect results and see challenges but also not giving up and continuing developing my art.
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Anna: It depends on what you consider the purpose of art. At the beginning of the interview, I said that beauty is important to me and I am creating it. At the same time, I want to believe that the paintings are not only about external beauty. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and you can relate this expression to paintings as well. Your question concerns not only me but also the spectators. An artist does not exist without a spectator and connoisseur. In the end, it is up to them to decide what they see and if they see something more.
What are you working on right now, and what are your plans for the future?
Anna: I focused on three main directions: figurative paintings (both with models and characters for «Femininity»), flowers, and seascapes. I also want to continue the «Dragon’s fly» series — this is a separate metaphorical series of figures with dragons. I want to present my painting more widely online, as well as organize another solo
exhibition next year.