“Unseen” — the series of watercolours — were conceived after a study of illuminated manuscripts of the 17th century. They do not copy historical patterns, but they are obviously their heirs.
The picture is connected with the modern botanical painting: a white surrounding space, the floral object stands out vividly, there are no shadows and a single light source.
Why “unseen”? The answer is quite simple. None of these plants have ever existed. Many of the flowers have no natural analogues, and the shape of the leaves is completely impossible. At the same time, many of them do have a fairly bright illusion of volume and realism. Only in the painting, at the whim of the artist, this previously unseen plant suddenly becomes real.
Artist, designer, art historian
Born in 1987 (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Ekaterina started her creative path in 2007 with a private course in academic drawing. She wanted to go into the arts because she could never imagine living without creating anything. In the early period, it was difficult for her to choose a technique and style, as well as determine the direction of her creativity. She was also attracted to the ability to influence the world
She received a degree in computer graphics in 2009. For 8 years she was involved in graphic design for business — she first worked in the Advertising Department of a trading company, then she was a freelance designer.
But throughout all these years, Ekaterina also drew and painted, improved her skills, and searched for the unique concept and style of her artworks.
2016-2018 years she spent in jewellery, most of all for learning different techniques. She also received a degree in jewellery from the Art Lyceum named after K. Faberge.
She studied a lot of art history on her own and then entered the Department of art history and theory at the St. Petersburg Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture.
So after studying art, design, and history, working with different materials, combining knowledge and techniques from various fields, she finally came to the stage of a stable creating her own concepts and art objects.
Nowadays Ekaterina is a full-time self-employed artist. She creates series of graphics and paintings, jewellery designs, engravings on metal, installations.
The sources of her inspiration are historical objects and documents, antiquities and their fate, some reflections.
Ekaterina talks a lot about the essence of things and events. The fundamental themes of her creativity are philosophical questions of beauty, eternity and moments, the transience of life. The artist pays particular attention to the concept of beauty and its importance for the world.
Ekaterina doesn’t avoid adornment, she emphasises it. With the visual appeal of the artwork, she offers to look at the details more. She offers immerse yourself in the image and reflect on the story proposed by the author. “See more behind a beautiful cover” is her call.
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The Unseen No.11