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Kateryna Bortsova Hello Kateryna and a warm welcome to LandEscape. I would start this interview with my usual introductory question: what in your opinion defines a work of Art? Moreover, what could be the features that mark the contemporariness of an artwork?
In the modern multipolar and multinational world art and art objects got dissolved in the routine human life. After Marcel Duchamp created a ‘readymade’ art in the 1940s we may be sure that we may find art objects around us without any force. But in order to make an art object of a simple spoon or staple there shall be need a creator – a man with endless fantasy, who sees not a dirt but a star in a pool, as Immanuel Kant said. Any person may get technical skills and practice of creating a picture by means of hard work. But not everyone may fill their work with philosophic sense, with such images which would enchant audience for ages. Now the an interview with is that it is present in only factor of art modernity art galleries and in the Internet. I think that art means confrontation between life and aesthetics. It is a hard struggle for both of them. Ant the understanding of art is one of the main artist’s working specialties.
Regarding definition of art modernity I do not divide art works into mainstream, underground and classics. It is important for me that art masterpiece should have a response in the audience’s soul. Pictures with such quality will be always up-to-date. Maybe my point of view was influenced by mental peculiarities of culture which brought me up, as well as the fact that in Ukraine art culture faced the newest trends only a few dozen years ago and now is trying to catch up with trends of West European art market. Therefore in our countries art has been developing in another way than in Western countries. I as an artist believe that keeping up with ephemera fashion shall not serve as a factor of art work modernity. Let me remind you that the way of human civilization development has a form of curl.
Everything new is a well-forgotten old but at the new curve of civilization. Would you like to tell us something about your background? How has the experience of formal training impacted on the way you produce you art these days? By the way, I sometimes ask myself if a certain kind of training could limit or even stifle a young artist's creativity... what's your point about this?
In 2007 I graduated from Kharkov State Academy of Design and Fine Arts and got the diploma of bachelor in the field of graphic arts. And after I got the diploma of master's degree in the field of fine arts and decoratively – applied arts at Kharkov National Pedagogical University. Now I 76
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