ARTIST-A-DAY BLOG: Inside A Generous Kingdom V and the Vast Realms of artist, Anna Ladyzhenskaya

"Life, nature, and people are inspiring," Anna Ladyzhenskaya

How does your work interact with the theme of “A Generous Kingdom V: Art that Explores Story, Symbolism, and Beyond”?

“Untitled” is a story that refers to our life journey, symbolically represented by different images including the Tower of Babel, ships, crowds of people, etc.

Does the idea of transformation influence your work and process?

Yes. Always.

What draws you to the medium you chose? And tell us a little about your process.  

Oil painting on canvas as seen in “Untitled” is my medium of choice and has been for many years. The process starts with an idea that becomes one or more sketches before it appears on canvas. Sometimes I reverse the order, painting then sketching then painting, until the outcome feels satisfying. Oil painting is an old, classical, traditional medium with possibilities of luscious color and texture, and the opportunity to navigate challenges in achieving desirable results.

Who inspires you? And What do you do to get inspired?

Life, nature, and people are inspiring. Looking at famous and not so famous artists’ work is very inspiring. Here are some of the names:

Hieronymus Bosch, Rembrandt van Rijn, Gustave Moreau, Edgar Degas, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington.

If you could have coffee or tea with any artist who would you pick? What would you have coffee or tea? What would you ask that artist?

I would love to have matcha tea with Leonora Carrington to express my love and admiration for her art.

What do you hope your work achieves, in general, and/or specifically with this installation?

I am grateful for the opportunity to be represented by Verum Ultimum Art Gallery and hope to have feedback from visitors.

What recently made you smile?

Animals, nature, birds…

What recently made you cry?

The acceptance of the things I cannot change.